An exhibition of the pre-colonial history, information on the founder of Stellenbosch as well as an interactive timeline of the people of Stellenbosch from 1679 to the year 2000. It also consists of four period 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 style and taste of the time. The dwellings are on the exact place it was built decades ago.
The first house the museum has restored is the Schreuderhuis, which was built in 1709. This is the oldest restored and documented town house in the whole of South Africa.
The second home in the museum complex is Blettermanhuis which was built in 1789 by Hendrik Lodewyk Bletterman. Grosvenor House depicts the period 1803 and is the third house in the museum complex. The home of O.M. Bergh is a typical mid-nineteenth century home with wall-paper, furniture and accessories from the period of 1850 – 1870.
A world of Enchantment. This museum is housed in the old Rhenish Missionary Parsonage. On display is a splendid collection of antique dolls, dolls’ house furniture and other old toys. Amongst the most popular displays are the miniature rooms with finely detailed furniture and fittings all built in 1:12 scale.
An 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 splendid exhibition of Dinky Toys and lifelike miniature of the Blue Train will fascinate both young and old.