Drosdy Museum Complex (3): Mayville

We spent the morning of Saturday 27 April in the museums in Swellendam.  First we visited the Drosdy and Old Gaol and then we walked to the last building of the museum complex, Mayville. 
Swellendam Museum
The ground was originally part of the Drosdy property but it was sold in 1846 to Daniel de Bruyn.  He built the T-shaped house between 1853 and 1855.  I changed owners many times and in 1974 was left to the museum by Nita Steyn. 
Swellendam Museum
Swellendam Museum

The house was restored to its 1887 appearance and was opened to the public in 1978.  The interior reflects the wealth and status of a middle class family.  I loved the different wallpapers in each room.  Nita Steyn also left a collection of beautiful Victorian furniture that is on display in the house.
Swellendam Museum
Swellendam Museum

It was just after 12:00 when we finished our museum visit.  We walk around for a while and decided to get something to drink.  We stopped at Oppi Stoep Café and found a table outside.  It was a warm day and we sat in the shade under a tree with a view of the mountains.  The food was great.  My toasted sandwich was good and H loved his Bobotie tramezzini with salad.  The staff was friendly and the service good.  The perfect place for a light lunch  before some more sightseeing.
Oppi-Stoep Cafe, Swellendam
Oppi-Stoep Cafe, Swellendam
Oppi-Stoep Cafe, Swellendam
Drosdy Museum
Address:                       18 Swellengrebel Street, Swellendam
Tel no:                          +27 28 514 1138          
Website:                       www.drostdymuseum.com  
Entrance Fee:                R25.00
Visiting Hours:               Monday – Friday:             09:00-16:30
                                    Saturday - Sunday:          10:00-14:45
                                    Public Holidays:               10:00-14:45
                                    (Closed Good Friday, 25 & 26 Dec & 1 Jan)

Oppi Stoep Café
Address:                       Corner of Berg & Swellengrebel Streets, Swellendam
Tel no:                          +27 28 514 3745

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  1. I didn't go to this section of the museum often on my tours due to time constraints so don't know it well. Lunch looks good


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