The West Coast Museum Forum is a loose confederation of museums based in the #Weskus region of South Africa. It was formed in 2016 with the view of pooling ideas, learning from one another and to promote the museums, both to local communities, the youth and visitors.
The themes of the museums are varied, from San culture at !Khwa ttu, paleontology at the West Coast Fossil Park, specialist focus such as the wheat or fishing industries, to the telling of the many local stories.
It is the aim of the Forum to create a better understanding of the diverse cultures which shape our national character and promote a deeper understanding of our society both past and present.
Moorreesburg Willem Loock Private Museum
A wide variety of unique antiques and artefacts collected over generations.
Tel : 082 583 6627
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Moorreesburg Wheat Industry Museum
Moorreesburg is considered the most suitable place for such a museum, owing to its convenient situation in the wheat area. The old DR Mission Church building houses an excellent display of the history, and is also used for education and other activities like music and dancing.
Tel : 022 433 1093
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Langebaanweg West Coast Fossil Park
The West Coast Fossil Park is located between Langebaan and Hopefield. Fossils of bears, sabre-tooth cats, short-necked giraffes and the many other exotic animals which inhabited the west coast area some 5 million years ago are on view.
R45, Langebaanweg, nr Vredenburg
022 766 1606
Lamberts Bay Sandveld Museum
The museum houses exhibits on old Lambert’s Bay, HMS Sybille gunboat (1901), photographic images, fish industry and community, book and Bible collection, archaeological display, horse mill and farm implements, clothes and embroidery.
27 Church Street
Tel : 027 432 1056
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Velddrif SA Fisheries Museum
A unique museum in that it highlights the history of fishing on the West Coast from the whaling history to pelagic fishing and rock lobster catching.
De Villiers Street (Laaiplek Hotel)
Tel : 022 783 2531
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Riebeek Kasteel Riebeek Valley Museum
A glimpse into the recorded history of the Valley’s rich heritage, situated in the original church, which is still used.
Tel : 022 448 1584
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The old synagogue and house next door are the museum, a home to a collection of household items bequeathed by families from in and around Piketberg. A complete archive, including original copies of school yearbooks, old photographs and meeting minutes from community meetings held in the early 1900s.
10 Church Street
Tel : 022 913 2177
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Clanwilliam Ou Tronk Museum
Many historical artefacts especially if you want to know more about the history behind some of Clanwilliam’s best known industries such as Rooibos and shoe-making, and personalities such as CL Leipoldt and Tolla van der Merwe.
Tel : 083 328 4575 or 076 088 6969
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Housed in the old Synagogue the museum is the curator of the history of the town and the old Jewish community, with set pieces featuring farming implements, an old shop and farm kitchen, medical artefacts and fashion.
1 Prospect Street
Tel : 022 482 2332
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Porterville Jan Danckaert Museum
A permanent exhibition of rock painting art from the Groot Winterhoek mountains and surrounds and a nostalgic look at a world that reflects the day-to-day preoccupations of the parents, grandparents and great-grandparents of today’s South Africans.
26 Mark Street
Tel : 022 931 3528
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The museum consists of artefacts found in and around Hopefield as well as donations by private entities, plus a small exhibition of fossils.
36 Voortrekker Road
Tel : 073 187 6764
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The Darling Museum
Founded by a group of local farmers’ wives in 1978 to preserve the butter making history of the town, it has since grown into a comprehensive country museum. From the San to the present, the museum depicts Victorian and Edwardian life at home, an early schoolroom, and a barn showcasing agriculture and modes of transport through the last two centuries.
Corner Pastorie and Hill Street
022 492 3361
Exhibitions depicting Khoi and San heritage and early pioneer days.
Church Street (Corner Kerk and Muller Streets)
066 231 3183