Darling Museum in Darling, Western Cape
The Darling Museum depicts the history of the area, stretching as far back as when the San people roamed these part centuries ago. It was founded in 1978, by a group of local farmers’ wives, the Darling Women’s Agricultural Association, as a Butter Museum.
It has since grown into a comprehensive Museum, paying homage to the towns butter-making and creamery history as well as offering an insight into the life of farms and the town over the last two centuries. The Museum recreates the life of a bygone era through displays of Victorian furniture, clothing and everyday farm house implements. The section honouring the San people contains displays of traditional huts, hunting weapons as well as plenty of literature on the way of life with references to the !Khwa ttu Cultural and Educational Centre.
Displays and exhibitions are regularly updated and during the month of May, to celebrate “International Museum Day”, the Museum celebrates with an open day with demonstrations of age old crafts such as calligraphy, quilting, butter-making, weaving and many more. On any day though, the Museum is a wonderful choice for a family outing, it has a special children’s section where they can play dress-up, special leaflets for colouring in activities with stories about the Darling Museum Mouse. If you visitingDarling, the Darling Museum is a must see!
Things to do and see
- Butter Museum
- Outside Barn – Implements & Transport from previous two centuries
- Agricultural Hall
- Victorian & Edwardian Interiors
- Victorian & Edwardian Clothing Display
- San History Section
- Regular Craft Workshops and Talks
- Touch Area & Dressing-Up Area for Children
- Reading & Reference Room
- Darling Historical Walk Brochures
- “Ouma’s Treasures” Shop
- Local Tourism Office
Admission is R10 per Adult, R8 per Pensioner and R5 per Scholar. There is no charge for pre-school children. Prices are subject to change, please contact the Museum directly to confirm all costs.
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