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Galleries & Museums
Stellenbosch is steeped in history. Find out more about this second oldest town in South Africa by visiting the many museums and art galleries dotted around the town. Historic Dorp Street; a National Monument; has one of the longest rows of surviving old buildings of any major town in southern Africa.
On the Braak, or village green, is the V.O.C. Kruithuis which was the town’s powder magazine that now houses a collection of weaponry including a canon last fired to acknowledge the flag of the new South African Republic.
The Village Museum comprises four historic houses, including Schreuderhuis, said to be the oldest existing town house in South Africa.
The Burgherhuis, with its early example of a Neo-classical gable, is the headquarters of the Historical Homes of South Africa foundation.
La Gratitude’s gable is famous for the plaster relief of the Lord’s ‘all-seeing’ eye.
Libertas Parva is a gracious H-shaped Cape Dutch homestead, built in 1783.
Ackermann-huis is where renowned statesman Jan Smuts lodged while a student at the university.
The Rhenish Church was built in 1823 as a school for slaves’ children and ‘coloured’ people.
The Rupert Museum houses works by internationally-renowned South African artists.
Stellenbosch University historic buildings: The Music Conservatoire, South Africa’s oldest school of music; H.B. Thom Theatre; ‘Ou Hoofgebou’, Stellenbosch University Museum, housed in the Old Bloemhof School, incorporating the Sasol Art Museum; the Stellenbosch University Art Gallery in the old Lutheran Church, and the Theological School (Kweekskool).
Die Bergkelder ‘underground cellar in the mountain’ built in 1968.
Stellenryck Wine Museum depicts the history of winemaking and includes a late 18th century German wine press, proudly displayed in the grounds.
Van Rijn Brandy Cellar was built in 1904 and was constructed using large, rounded rocks from the Eerste River.
Oude Meester Brandy Museum gives an insight into the history and development of brandy.
Wijnland Auto Museum boasts the biggest collection of South African Classic Cars under one roof.
The Toy & Miniature Museum houses a collection of 1:12 scale miniatures, room boxes, miniature houses, antique dolls and other toys and a lifelike miniature of South Africa’s famous Blue Train.
Oude Libertas Amphitheatre nestled on the slopes of the Papegaaiberg.
d’Ouwe Werf is South Africa’s oldest guesthouse, built on the site of the country’s first church)
Oom Samie se Winkel is the ‘olde worlde’ village store housing antiques, collectables, old-fashioned sweets and local products and produce.
Stellenbosch is a town where oak trees are proclaimed national monuments and the wines are national treasures!