Ceres Transport Riders Museum in Ceres, Western Cape
The Story of Ceres
The Ceres Transport Riders Museum, also known in Afrikaans as the Ceres Togryers Museum, was established in November 1978 by members of the community in Ceres. These members were committed to preserving the cultural and historical heritage of Ceres.
The building in which the museum is housed was originally built as a flour mill during the early 1930’s and in April 1987 the Museum was declared a Province-aided Museum. The name Togryers or Transport Riders originated from the huge influence that the transport riders had on the development of Ceres. The town became accessible to wagons after the completion of Mitchell’s Pass and one of the main routes to the diamond fields in Kimberley went through Ceres.
The Museum houses various exhibitions and displays with a number of items including documents, cultural objects, natural objects, research and much more giving you an insight into the history of the area. The Museum explains the struggle the Transport Riders from the 1800’s has to endure with their ox wagons over the huge mountains and tricky passes to reach Ceres.
Ceres is town famous for its fruit growing and a fruit tasting kiosk is set up onsite where visitors can sample the delicious, world famous “Ceres Fruit Juices”, proudly produced in Ceres.
Things to see and do
- Guided Tours
- The Transport Riders & Ox Wagons Exhibits
- Natural History Exhibits
- Local History of Ceres Exhibit
- Houdenbek Slave Uprising Exhibit
- Apartheid era Exhibit
- Ceres Fruit Juice Tasting Kiosk
- Gift Shop
Guided Tours restricted to minimum 10 people
Weekend tours on request only
Prices are subject to change, please contact the Museum directly to confirm
As you enter Ceres via Michell’s Pass keep straight with main street
Turn directly left into Munnik street after crossing the bridge
Turn directly right into Orange Street
Museum is situated on the right
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