While enjoying a cup of coffee and homemade bread, visitors can experience a way of life that has irrevocably passed. The stories of the Pioneer Museum and 1848 house, and of the people who lived on the farm, Hartebeestpoort, are enacted against the background of the pioneer years in South Africa.
The house was built of clay and local materials, with a thatched roof and earthen floors, and is furnished in the traditional 19th-century rural style. The house is surrounded by a traditional herb and vegetable garden, orchard, furnished wagon house and vineyard—well-trained guides in period clothing present adults.
Programmes and curriculum-based educational programmes. Visitors can make use of the picnic and braai facilities. The two lapas and the hall can be rented for family celebrations and work-related functions. A New Year’s Festival is held on 1 January every year.
- The Hall and Lapa’s are only available from 12:00-24:00 during weekends
- No refund if any refuse is left behind.
- ‘Braais’ only allowed at braai facilities provided.
- No parking is allowed inside the Museum terrain unless permission is obtained from the Museum Manager two weeks before the function.
- Bring your own chairs and tables if using the terrain.
- Payments must be made at least two weeks in advance
- Please bring or e-mail your deposit slip to the Museum
The lease agreement is available at the Reception.
Free Parking Available for All Visitors
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Our museums have diverse collections covering the fields of fauna and flora, palaeontology, military history, cultural history, geology, anthropology and archaeology.