Worcester Museum at Kleinplasie

BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL

WORCESTER in the Breede River Valley has a rich history covering a time when the region was inhabited by indigenous hunter gathers and pastoralists followed by trekker farmers and later the introduction of commerce and industrial change. Owing to its situation in the Breede River Valley, the Worcester Museum is a cultural history museum with a strong focus on agriculture. The collections emphasize the Cape colonial history with agricultural implements, wagons, furniture, glass, ceramics, textiles and metal.

The grounds have been developed with structures forming a traditional Cape farmyard. Live demonstrations depict activities of a bygone era such as the baking of bread in an outdoor brick oven and the forging of metal by a blacksmith.

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The museum has a well-developed educational function offering an annual programme with the focus on traditional farm and household traditions such as the tramping grapes for wine making, shearing sheep, milking cows and candle making.

The museum is consistently working at establishing and maintaining networks across the community. One of the museum objectives is promoting social harmony and dialogue. Consultative workshops are being held in the Worcester community to gauge the support for new museum interpretations of the development of Worcester and its people.

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The community rich in its diversity will find a common platform at the museum to show case itself.

Situated on the R60, the museum portrays pioneer agricultural life at the Cape with live demonstrations and exhibitions.

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Rural Traders and Domestic Activities are Demonstrated Regularly

Daily demonstrations include the following:

Guided Tours

Guided tours are available from Monday to Saturday on request.

Reference Library

The museum library and archive is open for research purposes from Monday to Friday.

Museum School

The schools offers lessons linked to pioneer agricultural life.

Museum Shop and Restaurant

The shop and restaurant is run by a private operator (023 347 5118).

Witblits and Liquors

Witblits tastings and sales are available at the museum reception.

Visiting Hours

Monday to Friday: 08:00 – 16:30
Saturday: 08:00 – 13:00
Sunday: Closed

Admission

Adults R15.00;
Children R5.00

ENQUIRIES:

Tel 023 342 2225;
Fax 023 347 4134
PO Box 557, Worcester 6849
Email bmangiag@pgwc.gov.za
Website www.worcestermuseum.org.za

Rolling of tobacco

Baking of bread and milk tarts

Milling of wheat

Forging of metal

Donkey cart rides

Roasting and milling of coffee beans

Weekly demonstrations

Soap making

Seasonal demonstrations

Distillation of witblits

Seasonal demonstrations

Activities – Time Travels
(Available on request)