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The way we live, the way we think, the way in which we do things...that is culture: houses and transport, beliefs and studies, children’s games, dances, songs and stories, jokes, agriculture, festivals, and even emotions.
When people’s needs result in the creation of culture, those cultural products can be of a tangible or intangible nature.
In our culturally rich town, inhabitants in each of our communities have a story to tell. The newly-established Route 360 offers a rare opportunity for the visitor to explore the town and surrounds and includes the many facets of our culture: Art, Heritage, Nature, Adventure, Sport, Education, Cuisine and Wine. Route 360 is not a geographical route, but rather the way into the hearts and homes of locals; a cultural landscape, dotted with unique experiences.
Music and art are deeply imbedded in Stellenbosch society. South Africa’s oldest music school, the Stellenbosch Conservatoire, has its home in this important cultural centre, and there is a collection of galleries and museums housing national and international art collections worth viewing.
Nowhere in our town is our culture – and our heritage - better displayed than at the Stellenbosch Village Museum.
The Museum currently comprises four houses of historical interest, each of which represents a different period in the history and development of Stellenbosch and its people.
Schreuderhuis is the oldest restored and documented town house in South Africa. The interior furnishing and the garden are typical of a Stellenbosch home and family from 1680 to 1720.
Blettermanhuis was built in 1789 by Hendrik Lodewyk Bletterman, who was the last landdrost (magistrate) of Stellenbosch to be appointed by the Dutch East India Company.
This house is built in the typical 18th Century Cape style, with six gables and an H-shaped ground plan.
Grosvenor House, together with Koopmans de Wet House, is an outstanding example of a two-storeyed, flat-roofed patrician town house.
A large garden and early 19th century appointments characterise this home, which represents the period from 1800 to 1830.
OM Bergh House
The home of OM Bergh is a typical mid-nineteenth century home with wallpaper, furniture and accessories from the period 1850 to 1870.