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CP Nel Museum

3 Baron van Reede
Oudtshoorn
6625
Email cpnelmanager@mweb.co.za
Website www.cpnelmuseum.co.za
Telephone +27 44 272 7306
F: +27 86 553 9226

A National Monument

The CP Nel Museum in Oudtshoorn was named after Colonel Charles Paul Nel, a successful businessman who officially entrusted his collection to a Board of Trustees in 1951, just a day before his death. Today the museum is housed in two beautiful sandstone buildings, both of them declared national monuments.


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Exhibitions in the main museum, housed in the old Boys’ High School building with its prominent clock-tower, depict the ostrich industry, focussing mainly on the feather boom period of 1900 until 1914. Due to the fact that a Jewish community that immigrated primarily from Lithuania played an important role in the world wide marketing of ostrich feathers from this area, the old St John’s Street Synagogue was reconstructed in the museum. This is a unique feature of the museum.


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The satellite part of the museum, the Le Roux Town House Museum, is a so called “feather palace” built in 1909 during the boom period as a town house for JHJ le Roux and his family who lived at Bakenskraal, a farm just outside of Oudtshoorn. In this house, designed by Charles Bullock, various stylish features were combined to convey an impression of complexity, playfulness and luxuriance. One of the unique features is the stained glass panels reflecting a distinct Art Nouveau style.


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