The iconic Taalmonument (Language Monument) is situated on Paarl Mountain, so visit us to discover more about the history of one of Africa’s youngest languages, Afrikaans. Did you know that the roots of Afrikaans (meaning from Africa/African) can be traced back to three continents, namely Europe, Asia and Africa? The architect, Jan van Wijk, designed the language monument to give recognition to these diverse origins of the language, and took into account the beautiful natural environment. Moreover, our bistro (normal entrance fees and discounts apply) offers good food and incredible views of the Cape Peninsula and Boland mountains. There is also an open-air gallery dedicated to new creative works in Afrikaans, as well as playgrounds and outdoor games. The museum and monument often host exceptional events, so click here for the latest information on Facebook or visit our website here.

If you visit the Taalmuseum in Paarl and the Taalmonument on Paarl Mountain on the same day, you will receive a discount at the second place, so please retain your payment slips.

  • Free guided tours are available from Mondays to Fridays – weekends and public holidays only with pre-booking for a minimum of 20 people.
  • We have free information brochures and audio guides available in Afrikaans, English, Xhosa, French, Dutch and German. There is also a version in braille. The monument’s symbolism is highlighted in 22 languages.

WHERE ARE WE?

Address: Gabbema Doordrift Street, !hom !nãb/s (Paarl Mountain), Paarl – follow the brown signs from Paarl’s Main Street
Directions and map

OPENING TIMES of the TAALMONUMENT & BISTRO

Open: 1 Apr to 31 Oct: Mon to Sun 08:00–17:00 | 1 Nov to 31 Mar: Mon to Sun 08:00–20:00 | Closed: Christmas (25 Dec) and New Year’s Day (1 Jan)
* Last entrance is 30 minutes before closing time. Visitor Centre always closes at 16:45 and bistro usually 15 minutes before closing time.

ENTRANCE FEES from 1 APRIL 2022 to 31 MARCH 2025

Card preferred, cash accepted. Your birthday? Free entrance with your South African ID!

ADULTS

  • R40
  • Drakenstein residents with valid library cards: R10
  • Want to visit Taalmonument and Taalmuseum on the same day? R10 discount for second place you visit – retain payment slip of first visit
  • Free for Drakenstein residents with valid library cards on the following days: International Mother Language Day (21 Feb), Human Rights Day (21 Mar), International Monument Day(18 Apr), Freedom Day (27 Apr), Workers Day (1 May), International Museum Day (18 May), Africa Day (25 May), Youth Day (16 Jun), National Women’s Day (9 Aug), Language Day (14 Aug), Heritage Day (24 Sep), Taalmonument’s birthday (10 Oct)

SA STUDENTS and SA PENSIONERS 

  • R10 (with valid proof)

CHILDREN

  • R10 (free under six years)

SCHOOL GROUPS

  • R5 per learner, 2 teachers and bus driver free (please pre-book for educational programmes)

TOUR GROUPS

  • Standard entrance fee, but tour operator rates and STO negotiable. Apply for this timeously and in writing via ontvangs@taalmuseum.co.za. Tour guides and bus drivers free

PICNIC GROUPS 

PERMITS

  • ANNUAL PERMIT: R120 for individuals & R220 for a family of four –  includes unlimited visits to the museum, monument, bistro, hiking trails and Full Moon Picnics
  • BIKING PERMIT: Standard entrance fee or annual permit at R220 per person – includes unlimited access to downhill trails, museum, monument, bistro, hiking trails and Full Moon Picnics
  • HIKING PERMIT: Normal entrance fee & R20 deposit

EVENTS

  • FULL MOON PICNICS: Normal entrance fee. Tickets available at Computicket & Taalmonument in advance; it can also be acquired at the gate
  • STARGAZING PICNICS: Adults R50 & children R15. Tickets available at Computicket & Taalmonument in advance; it can also be acquired at the gate, but please confirm the number of visitors via kommunikasie@taalmuseum.co.za in advance  to ensure enough telescopes are provided
  • CONCERTS AT GARDEN THEATRE AND AMPHITHEATRE: Prices vary, but all Garden Theatre visitors can also visit the monument for free

CONTACT US

Tel: +27 (0)21 863 0543 / (0)21 872 3441 | +27 (0)76 017 6026 (WA) | admin@taalmuseum.co.za 
Twitter: Taalmonument Facebook: Afrikaanse Taalmonument Instagram: Taalmonument
Bistro
Die Suikerkan: +27 (0)82 216 2510 / 856 1871 (WA) | info@diesuikerkan.co.za | diesuikerkan.co.za
(The bistro operates independently of the Taalmonument, therefore the monument’s normal entrance fees apply to visitors – however, see the above-mentioned admission discounts and permits. For inquiries about private functions at the bistro as well as pre-booked picnics, contact them directly.)

VISITOR CENTRE

The centre houses exhibitions, offices and a conference room.

CONFERENCE ROOM

Our conference room is available for meetings, workshops, lectures and training sessions for up to 50 people. Tariff: R45 per person (entrance fee included) with a minimum fee of R600. Please book in advance

COMMERCIAL PHOTOGRAPHY and FILMING (including wedding and family photography)

Only with pre-booking

Commercial photography, per day or part of day: Micro (1-2 vehicles, 1-5 people) R1 800, Small (3-5 vehicles, 6-15 people) R5 400, Medium (6-15 vehicles, 16-30 people) R10 800, Large (16-30 vehicles, 31-60 people) R12 960, Base camp 50% of daily rate, Setup/breakup 50% of daily rate

Filming (commercial and movies), per day or part of day: Micro (1-2 vehicles, 1-5 people) R3 600, Small (3-5 vehicles, 6-15 people) R6 480, Medium (6-15 vehicles, 16-30 people) R13 500, Large (16-30 vehicles, 31-60 people) R21 600, Extra-large (31-40 vehicles, 61-100 people) R36 000, Base camp 50% of daily rate, Setup/breakup 50% of daily rate

Standby fee if outside normal business hours R200 per hour
SA students with valid ID 75% discount on daily tariff
Forex payment fee R250 per payment received
* Unfortunately no wedding ceremonies or wedding picnics are allowed

TERMS and CONDITIONS APPLY

All visitors visit the premises at their own risk. The ATM will not be held responsible for any loss, damage or injury sustained. The ATM takes no responsibility if any programmes, functions or events have to be cancelled, curtailed or adjusted due to circumstances beyond the institution’s control, such as bad weather or insufficient electricity and water supply.

Above-mentioned fees are only valid for regular access/as indicated and not for special events or functions. Requests for discounts must be made in writing to the Director.

The ATM Board may determine and adjust the hours during which, and the terms and conditions under which the public may visit the declared institution or part thereof, as well as the entrance fees. The ATM Management reserves the right to temporarily adjust or suspend opening times and visiting spaces within reasonable limits and without prior notice; in such cases, visitors, permit holders and other stakeholders will not be entitled to any damages.

No weapons, pets or hawkers are allowed on the premises. Right of admission is reserved.

[Revenue from entrance fees and rentals is utilised to supplement the shortfall in the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture’s grant. It is used for maintenance and to present educational programmes and heritage projects.]

GENERAL

  • WARNING: dangerous animals, including snakes, spiders and scorpions, are found on the grounds of the monument.
  • No fires or gas braais are allowed.
  • No pets (except guide dogs) are allowed, for the sake of the fauna.
  • No commercial or portfolio photography or filming are allowed without prior permission and a permit.
  • Picnics: groups of 20 persons or more must pre-book.
  • Children’s parties: bookings essential; no jumping castles etcetera.

VISITORS MAY NOT

  • Damage or remove any plants, flowers, seeds or trees.
  • Harass, injure, feed, touch, catch or remove any animals.
  • Play a radio or musical instrument, or make a noise.
  • Let vehicles idle on the property (due to noise and air pollution).
  • Climb on the monument or on the roof of any building, on the boulders or up any tree.
  • Swim in the fountain.
  • Litter or smoke (including e-cigarettes etc).
  • Use drones without pre-approval.
  • Discharge any fireworks.