We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Had hoped for more!” 3 of 5 stars
Review of The Village Museum

The Village Museum
18 Ryneveld Street, Stellenbosch, South Africa
+27 21 887 2902
Website
Improve this listing
Ranked #8 of 22 Attractions in Stellenbosch
Type: History Museums
Attraction Details
Stavanger, Norway
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
9 attraction reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Had hoped for more!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

The museums in general in Stellenbosch has a really big potential. The village museum should be one example of doiing something about it. They have a interesting history, too little focus on people that have really suffered and worked under bad conditions.

Visited May 2013
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

72 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    35
    32
    5
    0
    0
Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
Maidenhead, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
66 reviews 66 reviews
9 attraction reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
“Very enjoyable visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

An informative and interesting visit to the four houses which make up this museum. The staff were knowledgable and happy to answer questions. It was a good insight into the life of the priviledged white population of SA.

Visited April 2013
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Sussex, UK
Top Contributor
85 reviews 85 reviews
32 attraction reviews
Reviews in 54 cities Reviews in 54 cities
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
“A museum that feels 'lived in'”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013

A small section of glass cased exhibits - mostly toys and dolls of yesteryear - by the entrance then four separate houses portraying Stellenbosch life at different periods in the last 350 years. The Schreuderhuis dating from around 1700 had very simple furniture, a herb garden and a most informative guide. Adjacent was the Blettermanhuis - dating from 1789 - showed a good selection of contemporary furnishings in an 'H' plan house, again with gardens, chickens and another good guide. Out of the gate and across the street was the Grosvenor House, dating from the early 1800s. This has a good selection of fine furniture, clocks and paintings - all explained, when necessary, by the guide. Outside, at the rear of the house, was a large garden with typical plantings from that era. Across the street and along the block to the corner of Church Street was the O.M.Bergh home, dating from about 1850 and housing typical Victorian furnishings. Most interesting were the bathroom - with a primitive shower - and the nursery - with a selection of toys and books from that era. As noted above, each house had its own costumed guide who was able to answer questions and give explanations.
This was our second visit as we were in the area last year and it was certainly worth repeating.

Visited January 2013
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Maidstone, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
7 attraction reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“A living museum.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

A very enjoyable half hour or so visiting four living museum period houses. At each house you are met by a lady in period costume who tells you about the house and who lived there. Very interesting.

Visited February 2013
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
London
Top Contributor
59 reviews 59 reviews
7 attraction reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
“Beautifully presented old houses”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2013

Although we had been to Stellenbosch many times, we visited this museum for the first time after seeing it recommended in a guide book. The houses are beautifully presented and show various periods from 1709 to 1850 and different degrees of grandeur. Inside each house museum staff in period costume will give a brief, if somewhat monotonous, introduction and then leave you to wander. Really worth seeing and well done.

Visited February 2013
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed The Village Museum also viewed

Stellenbosch, Western Cape
Stellenbosch, Western Cape
 

Been to The Village Museum? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage The Village Museum, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.