Oudtshoorn is as rich in its beauty as it is in its history. The beautiful sandstone building that is the C.P Nel Museum is the house that cherishes and exhibits the role of the Ostrich Trade in the history of Oudtshoorn.
It was initially a Boys’ High School. This building was built by the British architect, Charles Bullock. It was a reflection of the late Victorian Colonial-style building. There were two other men involved with this National Monument. Dutch architect, Mr Johannes Egbertus Vixeboxse & Charles Paul Nel, a businessman and collector of antiques. Mr Vixeboxse was responsible for many of the Ostrich Palaces. He was also the designer of the Rembrandt Hall. Mr Paul’s collection added to the value of the museum & they were then given full recognition from the Historical Monument Commission.
A tour consists of Natural History, Interior designs such as the Dining Hall & Bedrooms. Olden day Transport is also on display. There is an Ostrich Hall & a Music Room. As well as a Military Room, with Japanese antiques & collections from World War II. There is a synagogue & a school hall. The Street Scene is an installation that shows what the streets & architecture looked like at the time. This experience brings history & nostalgia. Being in the museum feels like time travel. Guests can buy lovely souvenirs at the Store after their visit, to have a memory of their trip to Oudtshoorn.
The C.P Nel Museum is rich in history & hosts many events in the calendar year.
So if you want to learn more about the start of Oudtshoorn & it’s history be sure to take a tour of the C.P Nel Museum.