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.

Hours

Monday to Thursday: 8:30 – 17:00
Friday: 8:30 – 15:30
Saturday: 10:00 – 14:00
Sunday: 13:30 – 15:30


Contact Details

028 251 8582


Genadendal Mission Museum Map


Google Reviews

    5 star review  The most wonderful place to visit

    thumb Barbara Head
    23/10/2021

    5 star review  Beautiful place. People are very friendly. Every single person greeted. I will advise everybody to go and visit.

    thumb Euan Lamour
    26/04/2018



TripAdvisor Reviews

    star rating  We spent a morning walking around this unique piece of South African history. The buildings have been restored to an exceptional standard and the museum staff are helpful and friendly.... read more

    avatar thumb Anne M
    13/08/2015

    star rating  This South African hidden jewel is a must for local and international visitors. So much valuable history of which very few people know. It is lovely to walk amongst the... read more

    avatar thumb Turkishdreams_11
    28/05/2017