Back in time

The museum is situated in Gideon Malherbe’s house, if which the ground floor is partially furnished like it was back in 1875. It is not just the unusual wallpaper that catches your eye, original furniture from the 19th century takes you back to the time of secret meetings and families with 16 children.

The printing press: then and now

The Genootskap van Regte Afrikaners (Association of True Afrikaners) was established in this house on 14 August 1875. The museum is home to the printing press on which Die Afrikaanse Patriot, the first Afrikaans newspaper, was printed.

  • The history of the GRA’s printing press

The first documents

Did you know that Afrikaans in Arabic script was one of the earliest forms of written Afrikaans? Come and discover how Abu Bakr Effendi and others adapted the Arabic alphabet to write Afrikaans.

  • Early written Afrikaans
  • Look at our photo album

Audio visual and interactive

On the first storey audiovisual exhibitions and interactive activities give you an overview of the origins, varieties and other aspects of Afrikaans. What is the origin of the word “piesang” (banana)? Listen to people from Mitchell’s Plain to Namaqualand speak Afrikaans.

From Rieldans to Rap

Through this exhibition visitors can now trace the Afrikaans language through its song. From folk dance to rieldans, the Klopse and Afrikaans rock and rap can be seen and heard in “From Rieldans to Rap”. The colourful, trilingual exhibition (Afrikaans, English and isiXhosa) includes photos of artists, lyrics, a selection of songs and interesting artefacts, including a miniature David Kramer tin guitar dating from the 1980s, Die Heuwels Fantasties’ first gold album and the guitar Chris Chameleon used to set music to Ingrid Jonker’s poems. A booklet with a summary of the exhibition is for sale at the Taalmuseum and the Taalmonument, and the pdf version can be downloaded.

Visit our exhibitions at the Afrikaanse Taalmuseum in Pastorie Avenue 11, Paarl. We are open from Monday to Friday from 08:30 to 16:30. Please make a booking should you require a tour,

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