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Calvinia Museum

44 Church Street, Calvinia 8190, South Africa
+27 27 341 1043
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Lovely

Fascinating museum showing life in the northern Cape, pity I was in a hurry .. need to go back and... read more

Reviewed 28 September 2017
FrancoiseArmour
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
Charming museum

The Calvinia museum has as would be expected, a lot of info about the original inhabitants of the... read more

Reviewed 20 June 2017
Hans K
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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44 Church Street, Calvinia 8190, South Africa
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+27 27 341 1043
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Reviewed 28 September 2017

Fascinating museum showing life in the northern Cape, pity I was in a hurry .. need to go back and spend more time! The building alone is gorgeous.

Thank FrancoiseArmour
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Reviewed 20 June 2017 via mobile

The Calvinia museum has as would be expected, a lot of info about the original inhabitants of the area. That includes the early indigenous peoples, the Boer settlers and other like the Jewish community that arrived in the early 1900s There is also a lot...More

Thank Hans K
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Reviewed 18 May 2017

Although we spent one night in Calvinia, we made a special effort to visit the Museum which is housed in the old Jewish Synagogue. Entrance is free and all the Exhibits are very carefully laid out and well cared for. You will need around one...More

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Reviewed 5 May 2017 via mobile

I was fortunate enough to visit Calvinia last year for a well known festival called " Vleisfees" and was unable to take in all the sites. The weekend past myself and a few friends decided to go check it out, and we werent dissapointed. It...More

Thank lizelbeukes45
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Reviewed 22 March 2017

Housed in the old Jewish Synagogue, the museum has exhibitions of the Voortrekkers (early Dutch settlers) history, the Anglo-Boer Wars fought in this area, the geology of Calvinia area and a large section on the origins of sheep and sheep-cross-breeding as well as models of...More

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Reviewed 7 March 2017

Step into this unassuming old building and you are met by the charming Miemsie, probably the most passionate museum curatrix we've come across. She provides a chatty history while pointing out the main items of interest, and then leaves you to wander around uninterrupted. What...More

Thank MahBaker
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Reviewed 3 March 2017

The gardener here obviously has a hotline to the curatrix: he let us in and she arrived, a little flustered, a couple of minutes later. She obviously is enthralled by what she is doing there and brought alive so much of what otherwise could have...More

Thank ryetee
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Reviewed 21 February 2017

Met by very lady who gave us background on the history of the museum, items in custody and the exhibitions as well as future development. A lot of effort to ensure the history are preserved for future generations!

Thank kvm2990
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Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

We popped in quickly; well that is an oxymoron because it was so interesting and informative that we stayed some time. The host is very friendly and the exhibitions cover a wide range of history. Defnitely worth a visit.

Thank TollieL
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Reviewed 8 September 2016

Interesting collection of local culture and history. Particularly interesting was the display on the history of sheep farming in South Africa and the Karroo. Worth a visit.

Thank Ross D
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