Arts and Humanities

Fields of Play Museum at the District Six Homecoming Centre

As much an exposition of South African football history as it is of the consequences of the forced removals of the 1950s Group Areas Act, this cleverly curated museum relies on newspaper clippings, oral history, photographs, video and sound clips to paint a vivid picture of the lives of black and coloured soccer players during the apartheid era. The upper half of the...

The District Six Museum

The District Six Museum It's hard not to get choked up walking over the street map of the erstwhile District Six, where its forcibly removed residents have inscribed their names next to their former ad dresses. The rest of the two-storey museum is equally emotive and sensitively curated to include personal accounts of 11 February 1966 when the government is sued the Group Areas Act, which would...

Marinda Combrinck Studio & Gallery

You'll find Marinda’s work feted and displayed across the Klein Karoo, but it all comes out of this tiny gallery opposite the church. Her oil-on-canvas landscape scenes and portraits of local faces – ‘I’m trying to do everyone in town!' she laughs - are charming. Hours: 8.00am-6.00pm daily.

Hennie Cloete Plant Sanctuary

The Klein Karoo is a biodiversity hotspot, home to over 3200 plant species, and this memorial garden, laid out in 1992, preserves three hectares of natural veld with wonderful views across Calitzdorp. Guided walks explore the indigenous plant life and the pre-history of the area. Appointments essential. Hours: Strictly by appointment only. Admission: R10 donation. No-...

Dutch Reformed Church

The toffee-coloured sandstone and Marseilles-style roof make this one of the Klein Karoo's most striking country churches, and well worth a visit. Built in 1912, and declared a national monument, the church is famous for its renowned wall hangings recounting the story of Jesus. There are free organ recitals Mon / Tue / Thur / Friday at 6pm. Admission: Free.

Calitzdorp Museum at Calitzdorp

This small musty museum traces the history of the area all the way back to the first grants of farmland in 1757. The enthusiastic curator is only too happy to talk you through the collection of farming implements and antique knick-knacks, or browse through the historic photos and family histories at your own pace. Hours: 9.30am-12.30pm Mon-Sat; 2.30 -4.30pm, Mon; 3.30-5....

Seven Arches

This is the centre for all things arty in town. The Prince Albert Gallery stocks a fine collection of local art and sculptures; while the adjoining Avoova has gorgeous locally made bowls with ostrich shell mosaic. Stop in at Décor de St Géry for elegant house and kitchen décor. Hours: 9.30am-5.00pm Mon-Fri; 9.30am-1.00pm Sat, Sun.

Fransie Pienaar Museum

Wander through the history of the town in one of the region’s better country museums. Highlights include an 1867 copy of Prince Albert’s speeches, personally signed by the mourning Queen Victoria, and a copy of Thomas Bain’s original master plan for the Swart berg Pass. Hours: 9.30am-12.30pm, 2-4.30pm Mon-Fri; 9.30am-noon Sat; 10.30-11.30am Sun. Rates: R10 adults; R2...

Tolbos Trading

Original glass artworks, hand-crafted by Ilse Pringle, are the highlight at this tiny studio at the entrance to De Rust. All of her art is created on- site, using the technique of ‘fusing and slumping’ to mould the chunky, multi coloured pieces of functional glass-art. Hours: 9.00am-5.00pm Wed-Mon. Tolbos Trading accepts No Credit Cards-.

Milkwood Village

Milkwood Village Much-loved by locals, this shopping complex houses art galleries, jewellery stores, cafés, a laundry and the local information centre. But – this being wilderness, with its tie-dye pants and hippie vibe – the ‘village’ has a woody, leafy setting, and it feels more like a walk in the forest than a trip to the shopping mall. Hours: 9.00am-5.00pm daily.

Drostdy Museum Complex

Drostdy Museum Complex If the walls of the stately Drostdy could talk, they’d tell a pretty interesting tale. This is the site where Swellendam was declared an independent republic for all of four and a half months before the British invaded. In 1939, upheaval made way for anthropology, when it was declared a national museum, along with the surrounding buildings. For a blast from the past,...

Stanford Galleries and Art Café

A great bet for soaking up the local artistic and gourmet talent resident in the village – they serve real-deal espressos, giant slices of cake as well as arguably the best pizzas in town. Their daily specials feature the season’s best, like just- caught line fish. Hours: 8.00am-9.00pm Tue-Sun. Main courses: R80.

Old Harbour Museum

Old Harbour Museum The old harbour was proclaimed a museum in 1972, and the neglected ramparts repaired. Even old fishing boats were collected for outdoor display. On the slope where many old fishing shacks once stood there is now an indoor museum which offers insights into the history of fishing and whaling in the area. Hours: 9am-4.30pm Mon-Sat; noon-4pm Sun. Admission: R15 adults; R5...

Toy Museum

Check out what kids were into before the advent of Barbie and Bratz. Cars, dolls and teddies of a bygone era – and, if you’re old enough, a nostalgic trip down memory lane. Hours: Odd hours, best to phone ahead. Entry Fee R5. No-Credit Cards are accepted.

Cape Town Holocaust Centre

Cape Town Holocaust Centre Be warned, this memorial museum erected in honour of the millions of Jews who were massacred during the Second World War isn't for the fainthearted. The exhibition features a series of captioned photo displays charting the course of the war, with a soundtrack of Hitler's fervent rantings. You will also see footage of Holocaust survivors now living in South Africa. Open...