Origin

WHO WERE THE HUGUENOTS?

The Huguenots were devout Protestants from France and Southern Netherlands, who followed the teaching of the theologian, John Calvin.

Many of them fled their country to escape persecution during the 17th century so they could be free to practise their religion.

They made new homes in England and Ireland, Reformed Europe and the Atlantic world. Many of them took refuge in the Dutch Republic where a small number were recruited by the Dutch East India Company to strengthen the maritime replenishment station at the Cape of Good Hope.

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THE Huguenot Memorial Museum

The Huguenot Memorial Museum documents “the gripping tale of the ruthless persecution of the Huguenots in France and the settlement of approximately three hundred of them at the Cape of Good Hope in the late the seventeenth century.

Although they lost their language, the Huguenots made a larger contribution to the material and social development of the settlement at the Cape than the free burghers from the Dutch Republic or the German states”. Historian, Hermann Giliomee.

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THE HUGUENOT MONUMENT

The Huguenot Monument in Franschhoek was inaugurated on 17 April, 1948. With its simplicity and elegance of line, the monument displays a historic French character.

The female figure, with the Bible in her right hand and a broken chain in her left hand, personifies the spirit of religious freedom. The fleur-de-lis (French lily) on her robe represents a noble spirit and character.

EXPLORE

VIEW OUR GALLERY

Explore the museums’ exhibits that tells the story of the Huguenots.

“We leave something of ourselves behind when we leave a place, we stay there, even though we go away.”

UPCOMING EVENTS

VISIT THE MUSEUM

Admission includes visits to the Main Museum Building, Annex Building, Perfume Museum, Monument and Nature Garden.

OPENING HOURS:
Monday – Friday: 09h00 – 16h00
Saturdays: 10h00 – 16h00
Sundays: 13h30 – 16h30
Public Holidays: 13h30 – 16h30

ENTRANCE FEES:
Adults: R80
Students & children: R40

HUGUENOT SOCIETY CONTACT DETAILS

SECRETARY:
Ms Amelia Wolmarans
PO Box 293
FRANSCHHOEK
7690
Tel. +27 (0)21 876 2598

info@huguenotmuseum.org.za

MUSEUM CONTACT DETAILS

MANAGER:
Ms Anita du Preez
PO Box 37
FRANSCHHOEK
7690
Tel. +27 (0)21 876 2532

manager@museum.co.za

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