Pioneer Museum

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.

Conferencing Facilities
  • 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.

Photography Tariffs

Per hour R500 per photographer (Other)
Per hour R2000 for filming
Per hour R250 per student photographer (Student with Student card, matriculants)  
Per hour R500 per photographer in training (under the supervision of a professional photographer)
Daily package minimum of R16 000

Clients are advised not to leave valuables or electronic equipment unattended on the property, as the Museum cannot be held responsible for the loss thereof.

Facility Rental Fees

Hall: General Capacity: 180 people

  • R750 per hour 3-6hours
  • R850 per hour 6hours+

Hall: Religious Gathering Capacity: 180 people

  • R600 per hour 3-6hours
  • R700 per hour 6hours+

Lappa West/East: Capacity 40 people

  • R1600 per day

Museum terrain including facilities (Hall, 3 lapas) Capacity 1500 people

  • R30 000 per day


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Free Parking Available for All Visitors

Prices for Adults, Children and Pensioners

Admission Fees

  • Adults
    • Own Tour
  • R 50
  • Children
    • Own Tour
    • R35.00 Guided tour
  • R 30
  • Pensioners
    • Per pensioner (Compulsory guided tour with any admission to protect heritage)
  • R 30
  • Learners
    • Own Tour
    • R35.00 per learner/student (guided tour)
  • R 30
  • Educator
    • Free entry for educator/ group of 30 learners
  • R 40
  • International Tourist
    • Adult
  • R 100
  • International Tourist
    • Child
  • R 50
  • Special Guided Tours
    • Person – Extra R25.00 for an optional coffee and tea
  • R 80
  • Garden and Braai Area
    • Adult
  • R 50
  • Garden and Braai Area
    • Child
  • R 30
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