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“Walk around houses of different periods” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The Village Museum

The Village Museum
18 Ryneveld Street, Stellenbosch, South Africa
021/887-2902
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Ranked #6 of 20 attractions in Stellenbosch
Type: History Museums
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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“Walk around houses of different periods”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2013

The Village Museum presently comprises four houses, in their original location, and almost neighbours, so walking around them is easy. The houses date from approximately 1709 to 1850 and show the furnishings and style of the period. A guide in each house, dressed in the appropriate costume of the time, gave a talk on the restoration, suggesting items of interest in various rooms, and about the type of family who lived there. The gardens of each house have been planted with shrubs, trees and herbs that were popular during each period, so it is easy to feel you have been transported to the era. Stellenbosch is a beautiful town, and the Village Museum is worth making part of your tour.

Visited May 2013
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Miami, Florida
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“Nice little museum”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013

We enjoyed the history of Stellenbosch and this museum told the story pretty well. The women, in costume, who gave the tours were gracious and knowledgeable.

Visited May 2013
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Stavanger, Norway
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“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
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Maidenhead, United Kingdom
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“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
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Sussex, UK
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“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
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