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Huguenot Memorial Museum
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Owner description: This museum displays the signature of every 1685 Huguenot settler.
Reviewed 14 March 2014

We only had an hour to spend in this small museum but left wishing we had planned for more time to enjoy it. As other reviewers have mentioned it is somewhat dated. It is not like modern museums where text is minimal and objects are carefully spaced to maximize visual impact, but it still manages to be informative and worth the visit if you are willing to read a bit. It was a nice introduction to the area and I left with a greater understanding of the history of the Huguenots in South Africa. Definitely start with the video presentation. It provides an overview that puts the rest of the museum’s pieces in context.

Thank RachelSimone
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Reviewed 11 March 2014

A very good collection of artefacts from the time when life was hard but very fulfilling. The history of Franschoek is well explained.

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Reviewed 10 March 2014

This museum is small but very comprehensive. The statistics are surprising: just over 200 Huguenots brought French viticulture to this corner of Africa. A large amount of detailed information is on French language panels originating from Paris, but there is a good multilingual DVD presentation ( ask the receptionist if it isn't already running). It seems that the small community was quickly assimilated into the then Dutch colony.

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Reviewed 7 March 2014

Its not particularly interesting - but the big problem was the staff - disapproving, grumpy and miserable - and the number of signs "don't touch", "no photos", etc. I went there wanting to learn more about the Huguenots and left actively hating them.

Thank bevandmark2
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Reviewed 26 February 2014

This is worth visiting however I found the material was difficult to follow. This was probably because they were trying to cater for many languages. However, from what I could understand, it was very informative and I was amazed at the legacy that just under 300 people from France have left. Amazing story.

Thank Alison C
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