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The Garden Route and the Little Karoo Sights

C. P. Nel Museum

  • Baron van Reede St. Map It
  • Oudtshoorn

Updated 11/14/2014

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This museum focuses on the ostrich and Oudtshoorn's boom period at the beginning of the 20th century. The section on fashions of the feather-boom period are by far the most picturesque. The display that depicts the contribution of Lithuanian Jews to the economic development of Oudtshoorn and the feather industry contains a reconstruction of the town's first synagogue. The most interesting remnants of the glory of the boom period in Oudtshoorn are the magnificent palaces

built by successful farmers. Most are private homes, but you can visit the sandstone Le Roux's Town House (now the Town House Museum), built in 1909 and furnished in period style, to see just how good they had it in those heady days. It forms part of the C. P. Nel Museum.

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Baron van Reede St., Oudtshoorn, 6620, South Africa

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Sight Details:

  • R20 (includes admission to Town House Museum)
  • Weekdays 8–5, Sat. 9–1

Updated 11/14/2014


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