There are a number of museums to be found in the town of Stellenbosch – each giving a glimpse into the background and heritage of this historic town. One of the museums worth visiting is the Stellenbosch Village Museum.
This museum comprises of four houses of historical interest and their gardens. Each of these beautiful homes represents a different period in the architectural development of Stellenbosch. The houses, their interiors and their gardens have been wonderfully restored, furnished, planted and decorated to illustrate the particular style and taste of the time.
The Stellenbosch Village Museum is open Monday – Saturday from 09h00 – 17h00, and on Sundays from 10h00 – 16h00 (Sept – March ) and 10h00 -13h00 (April – August).
Also worth visiting is the V.O.C. Kruithuis on the “Braak” or village green. This building, which was the town’s gunpowder magazine, now houses a collection of weaponry including a canon last fired to acknowledge the flag of the new South African Republic. This museum is open Monday – Friday from 09h00 – 17h00.
Also on the museum line-up is the Toy and Miniature Museum– offering an enchanting world of all things small. The museum houses a collection of 1:12 scale miniatures, room boxes, miniature houses, antique dolls, cars, cuddly toys and more. A extremely detailed and lifelike miniature of South Africa 's famous Blue train - the only one of its kind in Africa, is on show, the train travels from a miniature Stellenbosch, through the Cape Winelands and the mountains to the Karoo where it passes Matjiesfontein before it returns back to Stellenbosch.
The museum can be found in Market Street, behind the Visitors' Bureau. Open Monday – Friday from 09h00 -16h30, and Saturday and Sunday from 09h00 – 14h00. Closed on Sundays during the months of May to August.
For further details, visit www.stelmus.co.za, or telephone +27 21 887 2948.