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“A museum that feels 'lived in'”

The Stellenbosch Village Museum
Ranked #9 of 143 things to do in Stellenbosch
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Horsham, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
102 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
“A museum that feels 'lived in'”
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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Maidstone, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
53 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“A living museum.”
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
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Level 6 Contributor
119 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Beautifully presented old houses”
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
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Colonial history”
Reviewed January 27, 2013

You visit 4 colonial houses in original state! The museum looks small but extends across the street.

Visited January 2013
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Yamba, Australia
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Step back in Time.”
Reviewed January 23, 2013

Do not miss this peek at Stellenbosch,s past,the museum entrance is fairly low key but pay the 30 rand and continue through to see each cottage and hear the stories from well informed guides.
Allow a couple of hours as you wander the grounds and homes,you have access to all rooms and gardens.

Visited January 2013
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