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Willem Prinsloo Agricultural Museum, Pretoria

willem prinsloo agricultural museum pretoriaThe Willem Prinsloo Agricultural Museum preserves and presents South African agricultural history in a unique manner. The Museum showcases the history of the development of agriculture in South Africa from the Stone Age until 1945. It has a large collection of farming implements, tractors and animal-drawn vehicles.

The Museum can be reached by taking exit 27 on the N4 Witbank / Pretoria highway. Then turn right onto the R104 Silverton / Bronkhorstspruit Road. Travel for 3 km and turn left at the big signboard. Travel down the tree-lined avenue and follow the signs to the parking area. The museum consists of two furnished farmhouses, one built in 1880 and the other in 1913 and a farmyard with agricultural implements, vintage tractors and horse-drawn wagons, and a re-creation of an Ndebele dwelling.

From the moment you arrive, history becomes something you can see, smell, feel and taste. Our agricultural history is presented in a unique manner that will appeal to all family members. Part of the Kaalfontein farm was donated to the National Cultural History Museum in 1977. In 1988 the remainder of the farm was purchased and the house was fully furnished with antiques from the 1920's, that help to illustrate the way of life of these early settlers.

Indigenous, domesticated farm animals such as Nguni cattle and Painted Persian sheep are kept on the old historic farmyard. An outside oven is used for making fresh bread, which may be purchased. There is also a replica of a traditional Ndebele hut complete with indigenous farm animals.

Visit the 1880 house museum, blacksmith's shop and wagon shed. By prior booking, visitors can see and experience various demonstrations, including candle-making, cow-milking, roasting of coffee beans and baking of bread. Homemade jams, cookies, soap and Ndebele beadwork can be purchased at the Museum farm stall. There are two house museums and two Ndebele homesteads from different eras. The Museum distils and sells its own mampoer and liqueurs. An annual Mampoer Festival takes place at the end of May each year. Farm experiences for learners are offered through hands-on curriculum based programmes for Grade R to Grade 3 & Grade 4 to Grade 6. & Senior Phase.


 

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