The Worcester Museum, located in the Breede River Valley on the edge of the town of Worcester in the Western Cape, is an open-air cultural and historical exhibit where visitors can experience the lifestyle of a bygone pastoral era. 

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.

Travel tips & Planning info

Who to contact

Worcester Museum
Tel: +27 (0)23 342 2225/6

How to get here

To get to the Worcester Museum, proceed through the town of Worcester and take the R60 turnoff to Robertson. The farm museum is just outside town on the left-hand side of the road.

Best time to visit

All-year.

Around the area

Visit the nearby Karoo National Botanical Garden which has spectacular displays of succulent daisies in spring, or pop into one of the many wine farms for a wine-tasting in the Breede River valley.

What will it cost

The museum entry fee is R15 for adults and R5 for children.

What to pack

Take sunscreen and comfortable shoes.

Where to stay

There are numerous wine farms, many of which have guest houses or self-catering cottages, in the vicinity of Worcester.

What to eat

The neighbouring town of Robertson has several restaurants as it lies in the heart of the wine-growing district. Try the Bon Rouge Bistro.

What's happening

The neighbouring town of Robertson holds several wine festivals throughout the year, one of the most popular being the Wacky Wine Weekend.

Best buys

Buy a bottle of witblitz (distilled spirits). It's sure to be a talking point back home.