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“History explained” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Huguenot Memorial Museum

Huguenot Memorial Museum
PO Box 37, Franschhoek 7690, South Africa
+27 21 8762532
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Type: History Museums, Museums
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Owner description: This museum displays the signature of every 1685 Huguenot settler.
Sheringham, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“History explained”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

A very good collection of artefacts from the time when life was hard but very fulfilling. The history of Franschoek is well explained.

Visited February 2014
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English first
Berkshire
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20 reviews 20 reviews
7 attraction reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“A fascinating story”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

This museum is small but very comprehensive. The statistics are surprising: just over 200 Huguenots brought French viticulture to this corner of Africa. A large amount of detailed information is on French language panels originating from Paris, but there is a good multilingual DVD presentation ( ask the receptionist if it isn't already running). It seems that the small community was quickly assimilated into the then Dutch colony.

Visited February 2014
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Redditch, Worcestershire
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15 attraction reviews
Reviews in 42 cities Reviews in 42 cities
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
“What a waste of time”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

Its not particularly interesting - but the big problem was the staff - disapproving, grumpy and miserable - and the number of signs "don't touch", "no photos", etc. I went there wanting to learn more about the Huguenots and left actively hating them.

Visited January 2014
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Colchester, United Kingdom
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40 reviews 40 reviews
5 attraction reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Interesting place to visit - must”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014 via mobile

This is worth visiting however I found the material was difficult to follow. This was probably because they were trying to cater for many languages. However, from what I could understand, it was very informative and I was amazed at the legacy that just under 300 people from France have left. Amazing story.

Visited February 2014
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Cape Town, South Africa
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“THE FRENCH CONNECTION”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

A well organised informative museum with well informed staff. Apart from the Huguenot content the history of the Cape of Good Hope is well covered. Outside the gardens were in full bloom which is a reminder of the floral kingdom that the museum is in.

Visited February 2014
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