Fransie Pienaar Museum Tel 023 5411 172
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
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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.
Bokkie Botha, Jeremy Freemantle, John McKenna and Judy Maguire have taken over as our local 'stokers' to keep this special tradition alive.
The entire collection at the Fransie Pienaar Museum is based upon Fransie's own collection.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Membership fee: R40 per person per annum.
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.
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.