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”. Hermann Giliomee, historian.

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THE HUGUENOT MONUMENT

The Huguenot Monument in Franschhoek was inaugurated on April 17th, 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 some of the Huguenot’s historical photos. Telling the story/history of the Huguenots.

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

UPCOMING EVENTS

  1. The Franschhoek Uncorked

    May 21 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  2. The Franschhoek

    21 May 2022 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

VISIT THE MUSEUM

TIME AND COSTS

Price includes visits to the Main Museum Building, Annex Building, Perfume Museum and also the Monument.

TIME:
Monday to Saturday: 09:00 – 17:00
Sunday: 14:00 – 17:00

COSTS:
Entrance Fees: Adults: R80
Students & Children: R40

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MUSEUM CONTACT DETAILS

Lambrechts Street, Franschhoek, Western Cape, South Africa, 7690

+27 21 876 2532

SOCIETY CONTACT DETAILS

P.O. Box 293, Franschhoek 7690, South Africa

+27 21 876 2598