15th August 2012, Posted in Things to do
Stellenbosch has a variety of cultures which can be viewed throughout the many art galleries located in town. The SMAC – Gallery (Stellenbosch Modern and Contemporary Art Gallery) is located in the De Wet Centre on Church Street. It focuses on the significance of South Africa’s historical and contemporary art movement with well-established artists showcasing their art here. If you would like to view the University’s art collection, visit the Sasol Art Museum in Ryneveld Street. The building, declared a National Monument in 1979, has a permanent collection of paintings, graphic works and sculptures, with regular temporary exhibitions of artists on display.
The Toy & Miniature Museum form part of the Stellenbosch Museum and is located in Market Street. It houses miniature dolls, cars, along with South Africa’s the only miniature model of the Blue Train. They also have a little shop where various curios can be bought.
Another interesting part of Stellenbosch Village Museum is the four houses: The Schreudeur Huis, Bletterman Huis, Grosvernor House and Om Bergh. This is a good example of the different periods of architectural developments within Stellenbosch. Each house has its own unique history making a visit very worthwhile.
If you are interested in learning more about the “wine culture” of Stellenbosch then visit the Rupert Museum in Stellentia Avenue. The Art museum is located between the vineyards and oak trees of Stellenbosch and hosts a premier collection of paintings and sculptures from the period 1940 to 1970.
The Stellenbosch Conservatoire is South Africa’s oldest music school. Founded in 1905, it was originally a private institution before being sold to the University of Stellenbosch in 1943. Hosting many postgraduate and part- time students, the Stellenbosch Conservatoire and Endler Hall play an important role in the culture of Stellenbosch, with many concerts being held there.