– Danie Keet. Above: The Huguenot Memorial Museum.

The Huguenot Memorial Museum in Franschhoek is one of the first museums in the Western Cape Province to receive permission to re-open its doors for public visitors. This also includes the Monument and the First SA Perfume Museum.

The Western Cape minister of cultural affairs and sport, Anroux Marais, welcomed the announcement to re-opening of the cultural affairs and sport sector. This follows the president’s address and the alert level 2 regulations gazetted by the department of co-operative governance, provided that all the mandatory health protocols are in place. 

The minister further put emphasis on the vital role museums play in the conservation of our collective heritage through collection, research, exhibitions and educational programmes. The public is therefor encouraged to visit and support the museums and to learn more about our rich and collective heritage.

The museum and tourism industry has been severely affected by the Covid-19 lockdown as a significant amount of their income is dependent on both international as well as local tourist. They are, however, thankful to open their doors to the public again and hope to get local tourists to support their local museums and tourism industry.

Covid-19 protocols are in place and are applied throughout the museum premises. At the museum annex building visitors need to buy their tickets and complete the official Covid-19 protocols, including the scanning and completing of the updated museum visitor register with Covid-19 compliance questions. Sanitisers are in place at all buildings.

In line with their Covid-19 protocols the museum will be open to the public during these limited times:
Monday to Friday: 09:00 to 15:00
Saturdays and Public Holidays: 09:00 to 12:00
Sundays: Closed

Limited numbers of 10 people will be allowed to enter the various museum buildings, depending on the size on space available. The staff has been divided into two teams to limit the potential exposure and spread between staff members. Regular cleaning and sanitising measurements have also been put into place.

Museum manager Anita du Preez and her staff are looking forward to receiving local tourists and visitors to the beautiful town and the museum.

Please contact them for any enquiries at 021 876 2532 during office hours or per email at  manager@museum.co.za