The History Of Caledon

The Caledon Museum consists of two buildings with exhibits depicting many different aspects of Caledon’s history and culture. Collections on display include memorabilia such as antique clothing, vintage medical equipment and historical militaria which all make for a fascinating visit that highlights the Overberg town’s strong Victorian roots. In line with this, Caledon Museum has recreated an authentic Victorian home, staged to allow a true-life glimpse into the past. The Caledon Museum also has a section dedicated to Khoisan history, with incredible artefacts collected from the area. Talented storyteller and museum docent, Marlon Sauls, will enthral you with interesting stories about the items showcased in the Caledon Museum. For a deeper understanding of the history of Caledon, the museum offers guided Heritage Walks by arrangement.

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The Caledon Museum forms part of the Overberg Region Museums that are managed by the  Western Cape Museum Service under the Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport.

Overberg Region Museums

  • Caledon Museum - Caledon
  • Shipwreck Museum - Bredasdorp
  • Drostdy Museum - Swellendam
  • Genadendal Museum - Genadendal
  • Old Harbour Museum - Hermanus

Under the curation of Mrs Odette Weir and museum docent, Marlon Sauls, the museum proudly appreciates and preserves history with interactive guided tours of the museum and its surroundings.



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The Caledon Museum was established in 1972 at 11 Krige Street and received provincial museum status as Caledon’s first museum. 

Nineteen years later, after moving to a heritage building dating back to 1830 at 11 Constitution Street, the museum’s collection grew and was relocated to what used to be The Caledonian Lodge (a masonic lodge used by Freemasons from 1917 until the late 1900s). 
After temporarily closing for renovations, the museum reopened to the public in 1994 and has been conserving the heritage of Caledon ever since. 

Caledon Heritage Walk

Caledon Heritage Walk

Museum hosts the Caledon Heritage Walk in collaboration with Beyond Black Mountain / Caledon Tourism.

The guided tour starts at and ends at the museum and includes the conservation area of Mill Street, the history of the town’s centre, Historical buildings and local monuments. Mill Street has 59 Heritage sites that include one of the oldest Dutch Reform churches in South Africa. 

School Tours

School Tours

Caledon Museum welcomes supervised school groups from primary and high schools for prearranged tours.

The tours are a fun and educational experience for learners. Marlon Sauls is well known for laying a foundation of interest in history in children and his exciting stories ensure a memorable trip.

Winter Events

Winter Events

Caledon Museum warms things up in winter with a variety of community-inspired events.

Local Ghost Stories (18:00 until 20:00 on selected winter evenings)

An evening for the whole family brought to you by the Caledon Museum, Beyond Black Mountain and Bougainvillea Coffee Shop. The evening itinerary includes:

  • Light dinner and sherry at Bougainvillea Coffee Shop
  • Short stroll to the museum
  • Guided tour of the museum 
  • Ghost stories in the dungeon Spook Room by expert storyteller, Marlon Sauls

Limited seating is available so booking is essential.

Friday Bake Day

Schedule your visit to the Caledon Museum on a Friday in winter to coincide with the bread baking demonstration in the old working Victorian kitchen. Don’t forget to stock up on fresh bread and koeksisters while you are there.

Call or email beforehand to order ahead of time so you don’t miss out.



“The Caledon Museum is a surprisingly interesting piece of history with helpful staff.”  Bruce Sobey
“I found the tour guide full of interesting insights and very personable, while the place itself reflected the past in an honouring way.”  Christopher Harrison
“Very interesting for a small-town museum. Somewhat creepy too, especially the initiation chamber of the freemason lodge. Very friendly and informative staff.”  Lester Malgas
“This small but beautifully maintained museum was wonderful. The volunteers who run the place are very helpful. Some rooms reflect the history of Caledon along with a huge scrapbook detailing the history of the town. A lovely place to visit.”  McGill Tripper
“Very cool museum that opens up a lot of Caledon’s history. The entry fee goes to a good cause and helps the community.”  Hannes Welthagen



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