Historical Buildings

Mission House Museum

Mission House Museum – permanent exhibition (Church room; School room; Zulu room; Indian room; Workshop and Archeology room; Lounge; Nursery/Childrens room; Culture room; Kitchen; Pantry; Wash room)

The Mission House Museum, was officially inaugurated in 1992. During your visit to the Hermannsburg Mission House Museum, you will follow the historical footsteps of the area, from ancient fossils and crystals to information about present day Hermannsburg. You will witness the daily life of the first missionaries and settlers, the Zulu people and the Indian families and the changes thereof over time. The museum houses a collection of traditional Zulu items, a variety of household items of the missionaries, toys, agricultural tools, specialized trade equipment, such as the printing press and a cobblers workshop. These are on display in various rooms, such as the kitchen, pantry, washing room, bathroom, living room, nursery and culture room. Our prized possession is a collection of watercolour paintings of Zulu life, by the Zulu artist Simon Mnguni.(1885-1956)

The stories told in the museum are fascinating. For example of the translation and printing of the Zulu bible. Also how many German speaking men, were interned in Fort Napier, PMB during the First World War. There are great numbers of Mission Journals, family records, and photographs relating to the German settlers of the Hermannsburg Mission. About 240 missionaries made the journey into Africa, on board 14 journeys of the Kandaze sailing vessel, all of them would come to Hermannsburg first. The German speaking families in the northern and eastern areas of South Africa (KZN,MP,GP,NW) are descendants of those settlers – called Springbok Germans

Die alte Kűche

Alte Kueche (old kitchen)

The first building, built by the missionaries and artisans, is the old kitchen and the smithy. This forms part of the museum garden, and is recognised as one of the oldest buildings in KZN, built in 1854. Everything that went into the construction was sourced locally. The rafters, beams and boards were cut from local trees. Some of the men spent weeks in the Nkandla forest to cut down large yellowwood trees and to saw and plane the timber into the required shape. Sun dried mud bricks were made on site.

Alte Schule

This is the first church/school building at Hermannsburg, built under the supervision of missionary Craftsman Heinrich Niebuhr. It was inaugurated by Missionary Superintendent Hardeland on 17 January 1860. The first teacher in this school building was Ms Elisabeth Neumeyer.

Hermannsburg Lutheran Church

Hermannsburg Lutheran Church

At the entrance to the village is the Hermannsburg Lutheran Church, and cemetery. The church was built from  1868-1870.