Things To Do in WestvilleBergtheil Museum
Where? 16 Queens Road, Westville, Durban, KwaZulu Natal
When? Monday to Friday from 08h30 to 16h00.
Saturdays from 08h00 to 12h00.
Closed on Sundays and public holidays.
How much? Free
The Bergtheil Museum, based in the leafy suburb of Westville is mostly focused on the first German settlers that Jonas Bergtheil brought to Natal. The museum is housed within Westville's oldest building, featuring beautiful high stone walls and hand-hewn floorboards. A picturesque park surrounds the historical building, and gives it an atmosphere of serenity.
Jonas Bergheil was the director of the Natal Cotton Company; a powerful part of history amongst those still living in KwaZulu-Natal. Take a fascinating tour around the building and learn about this part of South Africa's history.
The Bergtheil Museum was named after Jonas Bergtheil and is housed in the oldest building in Westville, dating back to the 1840ís. The museum focuses on the 1848 German settlers that Jonas Bergtheil brought to Natal as Director of the Natal Cotton Company and their contribution to the settlement of Westville, Cleremont and New Germany.
The Bergtheil Museum also has a wonderful collection of photographs, documents and artefacts. The building has undergone alterations over the years but the original cottage still features massive stonewalls and hand-hewn yellowwood floors. The building was declared a National Monument in 1983.