Archaeology

Cape Agulhas Lighthouse

Cape Agulhas Lighthouse Poised on the Southernmost tip of the continent of Africa, this grand old lady of the seas has guided countless vessels and the souls aboard them, to land and safety. She has also witnessed human tragedy on an unimaginable scale. Perilous reefs and razor-sharp rocks have unrelentingly claimed victim after victim with a loss of life, treasure and vessels. In March 1999,...

Restoration Of District Six Museum Venue At Buitenkant Street

Restoration Of District Six Museum Venue At Buitenkant Street The old church that is the chosen venue of the Museum has been restored and renovated. This Methodist Church has for the 120 years of its existence been involved in issues of social justice. The restoration of the building has taken more than two years to complete, and the Museum reopened its doors on Heritage Day in September 2000 with a major exhibition called Digging...

History Of District Six Museum - The destruction of a community

History Of District Six Museum - The destruction of a community In 1966, the apartheid government decreed that a multi-racial community living at the foot of Table Mountain had to be removed. MICHAIL RASSOOL looks looks at the consequences of the destruction of a community. The character Mary Bruintjies in Richard Rive’s novel Buckingham Palace, District Six captured the essence of what the apartheid government destroyed when it razed...

How District Six Museum preserves South Africa's pre-apartheid history

Old Apartheid Sign in the District Six Museum The museum was created in 1994 to preserve the heritage of a racially integrated and ethnically diverse community that was destroyed by apartheid policies. After people of color were forcefully removed from District Six, their homes were bulldozed. Today, the museum serves as an educational heritage project and also a catalyst for rebuilding, repopulating and revitalizing...

De Oude Drostdy Museum

De Oude Drostdy Museum Wine-tasting, history, art exhibitions and collections of early Cape furniture and utensils. Popular events include the October Festival. The Drostdy Museum consists of a group of buildings containing a huge selection of period furniture. A good example of the famous Cape Dutch architecture dating back to 1804. In 1804 the District of Tulbagh was established and the...

Cape Town Holocaust Centre / South African Holocaust Foundation (SAHF)

Cape Town Holocaust Centre / South African Holocaust Foundation (SAHF) The South African Holocaust Foundation (SAHF) which was formerly known as the Cape Town Holocaust Centre Trust is dedicated to creating a more caring and just society in which human rights and diversity are respected and valued. In the tradition of the Cape Town Holocaust Centre, through its public programmes the SAHF raises awareness of Holocaust History and other...

CP Nel Museum

CP Nel Museum The cultural museum exhibits articles relating to local history, including the private collection of Colonel CP Nel. Located in the former Oudtshoorn Boys' High School, designed by Charles Bullock. CP Nel Museum is an ostrich museum on 3 Baron van Rheede Street in the town of Oudtshoorn in South Africa. Located in a handsome sandstone building opposite the Tourist...

Citrusdal Museum

Citrusdal Museum From Citrusdal, follow tourist information signs. The contents of this stone building, originally a church, shed light on both the first San inhabitants and the area's early colonists. Citrusdal Museum reflects the lifestyles and history of the Khoisan and the early pioneers. James Mac Gregor, an entrepreneurial Scot, created Craig Royston in 1860 and made his name and...

Calitzdorp Museum

A restored old house contains a photographic history showing how the town grew around the Dutch Reformed church. The church hall contains an exhibition of wall hangings. Open daily from 9am to 4pm, closed between 1pm and 2pm. Calitzdorp has also several restaurants, art galleries and a museum and classical organ recitals are enjoyed on weekday evenings. The unique working...

Caledon Museum

Caledon Museum is artefact filled Victorian house A Victorian house with artifacts and displays from Caledon's past. Caledon Museum houses historical exhibits covering the years 1840 to 1900. The heritage of the Caledon community is reflected in this artefact-filled Victorian house. Caledon Museum Shop stocks local products: arts, crafts, dry flowers and home-baked goods. The Masonic Lodge building houses artefacts and a...

Bertram House Museum

Bertram House Museum This early nineteenth-century only surviving brick Georgian town house is situated in the historic Company Gardens, Cape Town, South Africa. Highlights include the Anna Lidderdale collection of furniture, a furnished dining room, drawing room, a study. Built in late Georgian style as a private residence, Iziko Bertram House was extensively restored and became a museum in...

Worcester Beck House and Kleinplasie Open Air Museum

Beck House Museum at Baring Street, Worcester Worcester is surrounded with many beautiful wine farms, all within a 20 minute drive. You are now in the heart of the wine country. History can be viewed and appreciated at Beck House Museum and Kleinplasie Museum in town. The closest Game farm is 2 km away. Beck House Museum Beck House (1841) is Cornelius Beck's Dutch-style Victorian house museum home includes an...

Beaufort West Museum Complex

Beaufort West Museum Complex Local history, including a Dutch Reformed church, the parsonage, the boyhood home of Professor Chris Barnard, and an exhibition on Barnard is documented in the old town hall. The theme of the museum is the history of the Beaufort West Karoo, famous people of the region, and the role of the church. Professor Chris Barnard the famous heart surgeon is honoured in three...

The Cultural History Museum

The Cultural History Museum The Cultural History Museum (1879) houses many implements, photographs and artifacts of the early history of Mossel Bay. In the annex there is an exhibition of artifacts which were used by Mossel Bay's early inhabitants - the Khoi-San. The museum also arranges treasure hunts by prior arrangement and boasts a touch display which depicts the early history of Mossel Bay and...

The Shell Museum and Aquarium

The Shell Museum and Aquarium The Shell Museum and Aquarium - previously The Shirley Building (1902) houses an impressive shell collection as well as an imaginative exhibition about the use of shells by man. Several live species of mollusc are displayed in their natural habitat in the aquarium section. By special arrangement, visitors can also see how the fish are fed. A comprehensive Whale and...