The Bergtheil Museum

The Bergtheil Museum

The Bergtheil museum is located on the oldest building in Westville, and dates back to the 1840's.The museum was formerly a residence, and over the years several additions have been made to it, though the original cottage with its stone walls and yellowwood floors still stands. The Museum is named after Jonas Bergtheil, who is best described in the historical records of Natal, as a politician, entrepreneur, and early businessman. In 1983 the museum and surrounds were declared a national monument.

Bergtheil was a partner in the Natal Cotton Company, and decided to change the name of his farm from Wandsbeck to Westville, in honour of Martin West who was the first Lieutenant-Governor of Natal; in an attempt to draw in British settlers to the area. Unfortunately his efforts failed, and Bergtheil went back to his native homeland of Germany. Upon his return, he played a pivotal role in bringing out the first organized group of settlers to our shores. The two hundred settlers who arrived from Germany chose their land by drawing lots, each received about two hundred and ten acres. Those settlers whose farms were on the northern bank of the Palmiet River went on to establish the borough of New Germany.

The museum displays various items which include household and workshop implements, documents and photographs of the settlement's early years , as well as records of the gradual expansion and successful development of the area. Aside from local history, the museum also includes numerous exhibitions of wider interest to the general public. For example the role of the first settlers in the South African war which took place between 1899 and 1902, as well as the first and second world wars. The museum houses a an intriguing display of medals and memorabilia. Other exhibits to be found within the Bergteil museum include a collection of Zulu artifacts and craft, and an overview of the local culture of Hindu and Muslim matrimony.

Opening Hours : Monday to Friday 08h00 to 17h00
Address : 16 Queens Avenue, Westville, 3630, South Africa
Contact : +27 (0) 31 203 7107

Accommodation Near The Bergtheil Museum

Sleeps: 6 in 3 units/rooms

Windsor Bed & Breakfast

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Westville

0.5km East of The Bergtheil Museum

This large double story family home has a large swimming pool and a squash court, and is set in tranquil surrounds in central Westville. We have secure on site parking within electronic activated gates. A choice of suites is offered - twin beds or...

Wishingwell Lodge

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Westville

0.7km South East of The Bergtheil Museum

Wishingwell lodge is a large thatched house situated on a long panhandle and an acre of indigenous established garden.

Sleeps: 10 in 5 units/rooms

Faraway Lodge B&B

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Westville

0.8km West of The Bergtheil Museum

Faraway Lodge B&B is set in a quiet cul-de-sac in Central Westville. Surrounded by trees and ample bird life, this lodge is the perfect peaceful escape whilst centrally located.

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29 on St. James

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Westville

0.8km South of The Bergtheil Museum

The main public areas of the Lodge, includes amongst other fine details, a beautiful reception area, formal adults lounge with stunning Rhodesian Teak flooring & grand fire-place for those winter nights, snug room/library and computer station, ...

Sleeps: 10 in 5 units/rooms

Huntley House Bed & Breakfast

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Westville

0.8km North of The Bergtheil Museum

Our tastefully decorated, newly refurbished en suite bedrooms all open up onto a private courtyard with their own private entrance and secure off street parking. Each room has a LCD television with 7 channels including 3 DSTV options, bar fridge.

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African Tree Lodge

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Westville

1.2km South West of The Bergtheil Museum

African Tree Lodge is an Internationally recognized Four Star Guest House nestled in a quite tropical atmosphere, punctuated by our resident wildlife and enormous variety of birds.

Shepherd's Fold Self Catering

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Westville

1.5km North West of The Bergtheil Museum

Shepherd's Fold, 'The Bed & Breakfast with a View', is beautifully situated overlooking an unspoilt nature reserve. On a clear day you can see the sea sparkling in the distance.

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Shepherd's Fold Bed & Breakfast

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Westville

1.5km North West of The Bergtheil Museum

Shepherd's Fold, 'The Bed & Breakfast with a View', is beautifully situated overlooking an unspoilt nature reserve with the sea sparkling in the distance.

Sleeps: 20 in 10 units/rooms

Westville B&B

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Westville

1.9km South West of The Bergtheil Museum

Westville B&B opened in February 2003 and is owned and run by Emma & Nic Jacobs. We are centrally situated in the beautiful leafy suburb of Westville and pride ourselves in professional and personalized service to our guests

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Sleeps: 12 in 4 units/rooms

Sylvern Bed & Breakfast

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Westville

2.1km West of The Bergtheil Museum

Our double-storied B&B annex has 4 tastefully furnished double rooms. Our guests have a separate entrance and secure parking area. Each room has its own TV with M-Net. They are all shower en-suite with ceiling fans and heaters. The bedrooms all .