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“while away an hour or two in this old fashioned museum”

Huguenot Memorial Museum
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Owner description: This museum displays the signature of every 1685 Huguenot settler.
Reviewed 11 January 2014

Why do so many of the streets in Franschhoek have French names?
Why do so many Afrikaners have French surnames, even if they are given Afrikaans pronunciation (Terreblanche, de Villiers, Theron) or spelling (Cronje, de Klerk, Pienaar)?

Numerous people in South Africa are descended from Huguenots and this little museum illustrates how the early immigrants settled in French Corner ("Franschhoek ") near Cape Town and contributed to the development of the wine industry in South Africa. Suddenly, after a visit to this museum, the names of the vineyards (La Motte, La Cotte, Cabrière, Provence, Chamonix, Dieu Donné) and restaurants (Le Quartier Francais, Cafe Des Arts,Le Bon Vivant) all made sense.

Comprising two little buildings, it houses a variety of furniture, silverware and kitchen utensils, documents, bibles, relics and artefacts which illustrate the early life of the Huguenots settlers.
The museum includes a bi-lingual history of the Huguenots persecution from the outset of the Reformation to the Edict of Orléans and beyond. The video presentation also helps explain the history of the Cape settlement.

The second building offers an insight into the early San inhabitants

It certainly offers a different perspective on Cape history.

Entry to the Memorial garden is extra

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Reviewed 7 January 2014

This museum could do with some updated exposition features to display all the interesting history. The displays seem to have been there since it opened - and never to have been dusted. The whole place smells of dust and on a warm day you can hardly breathe. Worth the visit anyway.

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Reviewed 2 January 2014

We learnt a lot about the history of Franschhoek & the Huguenots and enjoyed a stroll around the monument.

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Reviewed 29 December 2013

Interesting , and can easily fill an hour. Particularly so if you have connections either to the Dutch or French of the past.
However, a little "tired" in places, and a number of exhibits are without explanations. Also, not easy to work out where to start, and the order of progression.

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Reviewed 16 December 2013

To see where and what the Hugenotes are all about. The sacrificies they had to make to come to such a wonderful country. Thank you to all of them.

Thank Wynand F
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