Simon's Town Museum

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Another Dutch East India Company property, this former governor’s home contains crafts and artifacts illustrating local cultural heritage.
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Anita Hermanus
Cape Town, South Africa8 contributions
A bit disappointed.....
May 2021
Great location! I was rather disappointed after the SA Naval Museum, but they are in the process of preparing some new exhibits, so I will return at a later stage to review.
Written 3 May 2021
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CliveofPE
Port Elizabeth, South Africa30 contributions
Interesting history well displayed
Nov 2019
Well positioned to give you a good understanding of Simonstown with history going back to the Dutch establishment also has a well priced refreshment area with the best fresh scones. Easy walking distance to Naval Museum.
Written 13 November 2019
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Colesta R
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What an amazing little place
Oct 2019
First of all you need time to go through everything. Don't be in a rush when you go there. It really is so well put together. I can highly recommend a visit to this museum.
Written 6 November 2019
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vandarfelix
Greater Melbourne, Australia28 contributions
Cultural History of Simonstown
Oct 2019
A small historical museum managed by very group of very dedicated volunteers. The museum is located next to St Francis Church noted as the oldest church in South Africa. Standing at the entrance to the museum you will experience spectacular views of the surrounding landscape and beyond of Simonstown. The historical history and artefacts are well displayed. they could do better if the under-utilised Gerry Read Lecture Hall and possible a second room could accommodated a start, continue and finish room. Fo example: start with the first people of Simonstown, then Simon Van Der Stel, then the first Slavery Period of 1743-1843. This is very important as it will give a clear indication on who they where and their link to all Simonstown families passed and current. The significant of the old cemetery and Kramat, The British Nav and it's links to Napoleon Bonaparte, St Helena and Tristan Da Cuhna and the Simonstown families that had links to this history including Aunty Joan family (Museum Volunteer) and the Cotton Family from Hull to Headman of Tristan Da Cuhna to Napoleon Bonaparte's prison guard for 3 years. In crease the importance of the military room to display Simonites that actual fought and saw action in the wars such as Private Edwin George Cotton and Staff -Sergeant George Albert Felix and all others not mentioned. What Slavery and Apartheid had in common (Freedom), the force removal, group areas act, etc. Display those people who made a difference in Simonstown such as the Amlays, Kesoes, Bakers,Juters, Winter, Cartwrights, Cottons etc and end with the modern day success stories of Clark, Kindo, Hampton, Winter etc. I understand that this is a big task but not impossible. Changes will be a big drawcard as many Simonstown people have know idea how their family history helped shaped Simonstown and the world.Thanks to all the volunteers. A Museum worth visiting.
Written 22 October 2019
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royzaz
Cape Town, South Africa117 contributions
Interesting and carefully curated memorablia of the town in an historical building
Jun 2019 • Friends
Fascinating insight into the many facets of Simon's Town history. It started with a collection of MOTH memorabilia and built out from there. The MOTH club is situated next to the museum and is itself worth a visit for those interested in military and naval history (by arrangement). The museum has friendly staff and a little shop for souvenirs and appropriate booklets, leaflets etc for sale. Ample parking in the grounds.
Written 1 July 2019
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Robert O
73 contributions
Friendly and interesting
Aug 2018
An eclectic collection of memorabilia from the history of Simon's Town. All very interesting. Friendly and helpful staff.
Written 24 September 2018
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Alistair Gibson
Simon's Town, South Africa59 contributions
Very informative
Dec 2017 • Family
A lovely little museum worth a visit. Great history telling of an area steeped in history. Good layout with very informative captions to each display
Written 28 August 2018
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Jill d
Port Elizabeth, South Africa2 526 contributions
Small but well worth a visit!
Jul 2018 • Couples
The artefacts and displays seen in this museum reflect the rich history of Simon's Town with its naval base involvement. I found the section on the serving forces during the second world war very interesting - I had no idea that there was a concentration camp for conscientious objectors ( Bellevue) at Seaforth during the Anglo-Boer war. Intriguing photographs taken of camp life made the revelation very real to me.
There is something of interest to most folk who visit, I am sure!
Written 30 July 2018
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Lennis1
Cape Town, South Africa24 contributions
Great old toys!
Apr 2018 • Family
A must for any age and great to visit if you are in Simons Town. Great collections of old Dinkys and Corgis and old toys.
Written 30 April 2018
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christel
Seaford, UK598 contributions
I knew but I did not really KNOW
Apr 2018 • Couples
Fascinating museum all about the early days of Simon's Town and those who built it. A scandal that the non while population were moved away at the end of the 60s to a township with no services or school initially forcing low paid workers to spend on bus fares or walk 10 miles each way. The local doctor and church minister protested to no avail. Photos of the affected families before and after the move were poignant and moving.
Lots of other interesting exhibits including Nuisance the dog and other naval animals.
I won't forget this experience.
Written 10 April 2018
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