A visit to the Genadendal Mission Museum is a must. Be transported back in time and get a glimpse of what life was like hundreds of years ago.
The museum is located on the site of the original mission station and consists of various buildings that were used since the mission was established. The buildings were declared a National Monument in 1980 and contain exhibits telling the story of Genadendal.
The church, which is still in use, houses the oldest pipe organ in South Africa. There is a water mill that is still used to make ground flour. The printing exhibit houses the actual Gutenberg printer that Genadendal started printing with and is one of the first printers in the country.
Meander among the authentic huts at the Khoikhoi kraal, imagining what it must have been like to live in one. See where the founding missionary Georg Schmidt’s house was and where the pear tree he taught under once stood. See where his faithful follower Magdelena was laid to rest. You can also visit the house of the 3 missionaries that re-established the mission station after Schmidt left.
The Genadendal Mission Museum also houses a collection of thousands of family heirlooms donated by local residents.
You might also get to see a horse or cow roaming in the church square (aka “die werf”) looking for something to eat.
Tours can be arranged from the Info centre which also has a small shop where you can buy snacks and a few museum keepsakes.
Monday to Thursday: 8:30 – 17:00
Friday: 8:30 – 15:30
Saturday: 10:00 – 14:00
Sunday: 13:30 – 15:30
028 251 8582
A little gem. This Moravian mission consists of a church and a courtyard surrounded by low buildings with thatched roofs and shaded by old oak trees. It really seems like the time has stopped in this quaint corner of Central Europe in South Africa. A real pity that the local museum is closes early on Friday and Saturday, and it's closed on Sunday.
Excellent tour by Samuel- so much history dating back to 1700's. A self sufficient community established as a Moravian Mission Station. Well worth the visit.
This is a historical and architectural gem and it is quite clear why Nelson Mandela renamed his home after it! The museum is full of interest, but the museum precinct itself held the most interest to me. There was no guide on hand, which was...More
I hadn't realised how fascinating the history of Genadendal was until I visited the museum. Part of me wonders how much better a place South Africa might have been today if the early missionaries there had been allowed to continue their development programmes in the...More