Fransie Pienaar Museum   Tel 023 5411 172  

Fransie Pienaar Museum  

The Fransie Pienaar Museum is open for visits:

Monday - Friday

09.30- 12.30 &

14.00 - 16.30


09.30 – 12.00

Sunday 10.30 - 11.30

Closed: Public Holidays

 Entrance: R15 for adults

and R5 for children

(who must be accompanied by an adult)

Tel 023 5411 172

The cultural history museum in Prince Albert depicts the history of the town and its environment.

The antiques and artifacts were collected largely by Fransie Pienaar, but the collection is still growing, through donations from past and present inhabitants of Prince Albert.

The Museum has a wide variety of displays including

  • Information about Queen Victoria's consort,Prince Albert and a book of his speeches presented to the village by Her Majesty.
  • A fascinating fossil exhibition based upon Roy Oosthuizen's collection
  • An extensive collection of Musical Instruments, Glass, Porcelain, Earthenware and Paintings
  • A delightful Bedroom filled with old fashioned furnishings and a Nursery corner
  • A Gunroom with some fascinating weapons
  • Details of our Watermill History
  • A Medical Section depicting our doctors and the hospital's history
  • Displays about the construction of the Swartberg Pass, the history of Gamkaskloof and Meiringspoort and our 1890's Gold Rush
  • We have some lovely Victorian clothing, needlework items and a kitchen display to delight young and old alike
  • Local artists, including Gawie Beukes and Outa Lappies are well represented.
  • Intricately carved woodwork by Piet Basson, a local benefactor
  • Our library/archive includes local diaries and valuable historical records about the Central Karoo and the Swartberg
  • In the grounds we have a horse-drawn hearse, a wagon and several carts, various pieces of farm equipment, a winepress and beautiful gardens

Fransie Pienaar at 18

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information about

the Albert Mill




Our shop stocks a wide selection of books about the village and the district, olive products and the Museum's own 'witblitz'

Entrance: R15 for adults, R5 for children, who must be accompanied by an adult

Witblits - Moonshine

The Museum has its own distillery where 'witblits' is produced in the time-honoured manner. Hendrick Mostert, one of our former 'stokers' was born in Gamkaskloof and wrote a book, in collaboration with Dr Jan van Elfen, about herbal remedies and the use of witblits in the valley: Herbal and Witblits can be bought at the Museum shop.

 Distilling witblitz at our annual Witblitz & Potjiekos event

Bokkie Botha, Jeremy Freemantle, John McKenna and Judy Maguire have taken over as our local 'stokers' to keep this special tradition alive.

Fransie Pienaar

The entire collection at the Fransie Pienaar Museum is based upon Fransie's own collection.Fransie in her eighties

Born on Lammerkraal in 1897, Fransie was educated locally and then went to Cape Town to study at the Sullivan College of Music. She returned to the district to marry Giddy Pienaar and when her father died she and Giddy took over Lammerkraal. Fransie was a magpie of note and she started collecting antiques and odds and ends to the extent that when she and Giddy retired to Prince Albert in 1956 an entire room of their home was dedicated to her collection. Being in town gave Fransie more opportunities to acquire "little things" and soon she needed more room! The Dutch Reformed Church lent her a hall in Devenish Street- which gave her more scope, but by 1972 she couldn't get another thing into the hall. By now one of Fransie's sons-in-law, Frikkie Allers was the mayor and he persuaded the local council to lend Fransie a house in Kerkstraat to house the collection. On the day of the official opening she gave everything to the people of Prince Albert.

Since then the collection has grown and has moved to its present premises in the Haak family home which served the village as a hospital for some years.

Fransie was the unofficial curator and enjoyed nothing more than showing visitors round the building. She would provide musical entertainment on the harmonium (bought in memory of her brother - who had died on the day Fransie was born) or on her mouth organ. She died at the grand old age of 87 and is gratefully remembered by one and all.

Friends of the Fransie Pienaar Museum

The Friends of the Museum are a group of Prince Albert residents and Friends in other centres who support the activities of the Museum. Some of the local members act as guides at the Museum and have undergone a special training course so that they can show visitors around. Others assist with exhibits and the archives, some established and assist in looking after the gardens.  If you would like to become a member and support the Fransie Pienaar Museum please contact the curator at 023 5411 172 or e-mail

Membership fee: R40 per person per annum.

Cultural Foundation

The Prince Albert Cultural Foundation occasionally offers an outing on the third Saturday of the month. 

The topic might be of cultural, historical, pre-historical, geological, musical, culinary, or botanical interest – or a combination of several of the above! Locals can join the Foundation for R40 per person per annum, children under 18 free! Enquiries: Judy Maguire 023 5411 713. Visitors are most welcome to attend outings, so if you are in Prince Albert  join us to learn more about the village and the surrounding district. A small charge will be made for adults, there is no charge for children.

 Cultural Foundation wins provinicial award!


Congratulations to the

Prince Albert Cultural Foundation

on their being recognised as the

Most Active & Objective Cultural Body

in the Western Cape in 2013 / 2014




The Alberts Mill

where flour was milled for more than 100 years...

Drive out along Christina de Wit Street towards the mountains and you will see the Mill on your left hand side, opposite the former Miller's Restaurant. The restored wheel and over-shoot launder can be seen.  More information on the Mill at the Fransie Pienaar Museum.