The Stellenbosch Village Museum

The entrance to the Stellenbosch Village Museum

The Stellenbosch Village Museum currently comprises of four houses, each representing a different period in the architectural development of Stellenbosch.

The houses and their gardens have been restored, furnished, planted and decorated to illustrate the particular style and taste of the time.

Schreuderhuis

Schreuderhuis is the oldest restored and documented town house in the whole of South Africa . The interior furnishing and the garden are typical of a Stellenbosch home from the period of 1680 - 1720.

The strings of onions, herbs and salted fish hanging from the rafters, the open hearth in the kitchen and the primitive Cape furniture lend a special charm to this dwelling. Much of the furniture was made from locally available materials.

The kitchen of Schreuderhuis, Stellenbosch Village Museum
Blettermanhuis

Blettermanhuis was built in 1789 by Hendrik Lodewyk Bletterman, who was the last landdrost (magistrate) of Stellenbosch to be appointed by the Dutch East India Company.

This house is built in the typical 18th Century Cape style, with 6 gables in an H shaped ground plan.

Blettermanhuis, Stellenbosch Village Museum

In the front room of Blettermanhuis there is a group portrait of the Storm family.

The daughter in the portrait, Maria Magdelana, later married Christian Ludolph Neethling who built another of the houses in the Village Museum complex, Grosvenor House.

Footwarmers in Blettermanhuis, Stellenbosch Village Museum

Grosvenor House (My favourite)

Grosvenor House, along with Koopmans de Wet House and the Martin Melck House in Cape Town , is one of the most outstanding examples of a two-storeyed, flat-roofed patrician town house.

large garden and early 19th century appointments characterise this home, which represents the period from 1800 to 1830.

Grosvenor House, Stellenbosch Village Museum
Grosvenor House, Stellenbosch Village Museum

Stellenbosch Village Museum page.

OM Bergh House

The home of OM Bergh is a typical mid-nineteenth century home with wall-paper, furniture and accessories from the period of 1850 to 1870.

OM Bergh House, Stellenbosch Village Museum
Dining room of OM Bergh House, Stellenbosch Village Museum

Useful Information:


Hours:


09:30 - 17:00 Monday - Saturday
14:00 - 17:00 Sunday

Website:
www.stelmus.co.za/village_museum

Telephone:
021 887 2948

Location:
37 Ryneveld Street, Stellenbosch


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