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The Village Museum

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Address: 18 Ryneveld Street, Stellenbosch 7600, South Africa
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+27 21 887 2902

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A Different Museum Experience

Stellenbosch is a picturesque town with many beautiful historical Cape houses. The Village Museum comprising 4 separate restored period houses gives an interesting insight into... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Charente, France
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Charente, France
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56 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stellenbosch is a picturesque town with many beautiful historical Cape houses. The Village Museum comprising 4 separate restored period houses gives an interesting insight into the history of both the architecture and past life of the town and we loved that it was set in actual houses rather than remote items brought together in the usual curated museum environment. The... More 

Thank elaineb01
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Moderately interesting but could be greatly improved with more information boards and better signage.

Thank Inwood30
Lewes, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Unscheduled visit to this museum in the heart of Stellenbosch, unpretentious and honest. Interesting history of the area as told by artefacts, furniture and volunteers dressed in appropriate historical dress. Would recommend in order to understand its history and place.

Thank Liz H
Cape Town, South Africa
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A great way to enjoy some visual history...from the contemporarily dressed hostess' (always smiling, informing and happy to be photographed in their period costumes) to the authentically period furnished houses...dating from the oldest house on a street corner in South Africa (1709) till the late 1800's - 4 houses that show you how they lived in those times. A relaxing... More 

Thank Cavallino2010
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37 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was exactly our cup of tea. No gadgets or gizmos, just a lovely series of places we could wander around and enjoy in our own time. In essence its Stellenbosch through the ages. I don't think it would be for kids - they would probably get bored too easily but if you enjoy spending an hour to an hour... More 

Thank Timothy John D
Somerset West, South Africa
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8 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

I have visited the museum each year, together with overseas guests. It is a step back in time, and also slowing a pace down. In each house, there is a hostess explaining how people lived, the tools used and their customs. They do an excellent job!

Thank Beautiful View G
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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30 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017

This museum consists of a network of period properties (from the 1600s to the 1900s) done out in contemporary furniture and other historical items. It makes for a very pleasant hour or so exploring the various rooms and displays. There is undoubtedly a lot more that could be done with the place, but it is still a great place to... More 

Thank Martin D
Durban, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017

See lots of things from the old life in Stellenbosch and Cape Town. Clean, quite and private. Beautiful wooden pieces.

Thank 798joeyv
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017

Most visitors to Stellenbosch are in the area to focus on the vineyards but here you can see 4 period homes that have been beautifully restored and furnished together with gardens (both vegetable and flowering) that show what produce was probably growing when the properties were first built. Stellenbosch dates back to its foundation by the Governor Simon van der... More 

Thank DRG45
Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017

We enjoyed going through the 4 houses which comprise the Village Museum. The ladies in attendance in period costume were interesting and we enjoyed seeing how the middle class have lived over the past few hundred years in Stellenbosch. Learning about slavery in the Cape was also interesting

Thank LynneS31

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