Being the second oldest town in South Africa, Stellenbosch is steeped in history. The history of the town is all around you - museums and art galleries are dotted around the town and even historic Dorp Street is a National Monument, with one of the longest rows of surviving old buildings of any major town in southern Africa.
Museums to visit
Historic Dorp Street is a national monument and has one of the longest rows of surviving old buildings of any major town in Southern Africa.
The Village museum consists of four period houses namely Schreuderhuis c 1709, Blettermanhuis c 1789, Grosvenor House c 1803 and OM Berghhuis c 1850. It depicts the way in which people lived, dressed and the architectural development of the various periods.
The V.O.C. Kruithuis on The Braak houses a collection of weaponry, including a canon last fired to acknowledge the flag of the new South African Republic.
The Burgherhuis, with its early example of a Neo-classical gable, is the headquarters of the Historical Homes of South Africa Foundation.
The Rupert Museum houses works by renowned South African artists.
Stellenbosch University Museum - housed in the Old Bloemhof School, incorporating the Sasol Art Museum.
Oude Meester Brandy Museum gives an in-depth insight into the history 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 prestigious Blue Train.
Oom Samie se Winkel (a ‘living museum’) is the ‘old world’ village store housing antiques, collectables, old-fashioned sweets and local products and produce.