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Visited it to learn of the early German settlements in Natal

Historically this museum is quite informative with its artefacts, since it depicts the early German... read more

Reviewed August 3, 2018
ernstuken
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Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
A hidden surprise

Not well advertised - but really worth a visit for some interesting history of old Natal. A house... read more

Reviewed April 21, 2018
irishmike60
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Hillcrest, South Africa
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Reviewed September 30, 2014

must be honest not much of an attraction, attended a morning market and took the time to go through the museum which I suppose was OK but no great shakes, just think that for a historic site not much advertising or actually anything to attract a person to recommend it

Date of experience: November 2013
Thank Cheryl G
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Reviewed November 29, 2012

This is a small museum in the Westville area of Durban, South Africa, dedicated to some of the early German settlers to the Westville/New Germany area.
The Bergtheil settlers arrived in South Africa in 1848 and included my great-great-grandfather and his young son (my great-grandfather).
The museum is housed in a lovely old house dating from about 1840 and houses a small collection of furniture, photos and bits and pieces from some of the old settlers and some history of the settlers and their early lives in South Africa.
There is one room filled with rather incongruous Indian artifacts.
Obviously I have a personal connection with this museum, including some of my family's things on exhibit. So it's very sad for me to see that the museum appears to be running down and is need of some care and renovation. Some of the exhibits have lost their labels and this needs to be rectified.
Well worth a visit.

Date of experience: November 2012
2  Thank Paul B
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Reviewed March 27, 2012

Lovingly restored, and run on a shoe string, this museum is well set out, displaying the clothes and utensils of yesteryear. Fascinating and interesting.

3  Thank Kay H
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Reviewed February 10, 2012

If you ever wanted to know more about the history of Westville and the early German settlers then this is a must-see destination. Well looked after and full of enough interesting tidbits to keep you interested for around an hour. It would be great to have a coffee / souvenir shop open at the same time.

1  Thank brattex
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Reviewed December 26, 2011

A museum in Westville that gives a fascinating insight into early settler life. A must to visit .

1  Thank Shelldon W
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