At the Worcester Museum (previously known as Kleinplasie Living Museum) the history of a more rural way of life and the agriculture that is the lifeblood of this part of the world comes alive through the demonstrations of age-old techniques to provide for the basics in life.
Each building represents a particular agricultural sector in the Western Cape during the period between 1690 and 1900, and a variety of home industries and agricultural practices are demonstrated to the public in and around these buildings, using the same methods and equipment employed by the early farmers.
The staff dress in period costume, so you’ll truly feel like you’re in another epoch, and activities such as bread baking are on show daily along with candle making, milking and tobacco rolling.
Visitors can watch skilled blacksmiths, cart wrights, cheese makers and see how witblitz (a potent traditional form of alcohol) is distilled. Seasonally it is possible to watch grape harvesting, sheep shearing, and medicinal veld plants being collected.
Train and donkey cart rides, a plant nursery, a Victorian house museum, restaurant, and tea room with traditional sweet treats like melktert and koeksusters round off the experience. It’s an ideal family outing that’s so much fun the kids won’t even notice it is history.
For steam engine enthusiasts, there's also a section of the museum called the Locomotive Area.