The Piketberg Museum has a unique atmosphere of both history and charm and was established two years after the passing of Piketberg resident, Mr AJ Liebenberg, who bequeathed his home and some of its content to the Piketberg Municipality.
The Piketberg Cultural Historical Museum opened in 1983 at the former home of Mr Liebenberg and remained at this address for 15 years before moving adjacent to the old Synagogue in Church Street. The building that currently houses the Museum was influenced by Edwardian architecture and the house replicates a homestead from the early 1900's. Most of the furniture dates from the 1920's.Read More
The first inhabitants of the area were Khoisan. The West Coast region was the land of the CochoQua, which included Saldanha Bay to Vredenburg. The ChariGuriQua or GuriQua occupied the lower Berg River area, St Helena Bay and areas around Piketberg. The remnant of the ChariGuriQua of the West Coast followed Adam Kok, born in 1710, who was the founder of the Bastaard (later Griqua) group. He lived in Piketberg and later moved to Kamieskroon.
The town of Piketberg originated in 1836 when Sir Benjamin D'Urban, then Governor of the Cape Colony, donated the farm "Grootfontein" to the church council in the area whom had already started to build on the land. The town derives its name from the Dutch word "piket" which means outpost.Read More
what is on display?
Piketberg Museum offers a display for every type of visitor
- Town History
- Synagogue History
- Jewish Community History
- Edwardian Furniture
- Piketberg Artefacts
- History Exhibition
- Book Sales
- Herb Garden
- Anglo Boer War
- Piketberg and Surroundings
Yvonne ViljoenW.Cape branch of the S.A. Archaeological Society
"Amazing stories and pictures about Piketberg"
"Voorwaar ’n baie verteenwoordigende versameling!"
Dr. Franz BurgerYzerfontein
Cheryl O’DellPort Owen
"’n Interessante terugblik op die dorp se geskiedenis"
"Knap gedaan, Piketberg!"
Elsie van der LindeVelddrif
"Thoroughly enjoyed both museum and impressed with neatness and professionalism of the exhibitions on display."
"Such a privilege to take a step back into history."
Jarred MyersCape Town
Swartz familyToronto, Canada
"Amazing, and so much memories!"
"Soete herinneringe van baie kuiers in dié huis."
Karen en JolineMalmesbury
"It’s very nice here!"
Robert KrammerAustria, Europa
"’n Pragtige plek, loop oor van gasvryheid!"
"A wonderful example of what a museum can look like."
Dekker Le LangWoodstock
"A town filled with History! Thank you!"
Megan and NigelCape Town
"Leerders geniet dit verskriklik!"
T. PietersGr 4 Onderwyser Steynville Primêre Skool
"Wow, History is so important, especially if you are part of it!"
S. ShaerCape Town
Here you will find interesting information that dates back to the early 1900's