The Franschhoek Motor Museum
The Franschhoek Motor Museum is a world class facility situated on the L’Ormarins Estate in the majestic Franschhoek Valley, which is a 1 hour or 75 kilometres drive from central Cape Town. The museum’s Cape Dutch architecture reflects the area’s origins and exhibition space covers 2 700 m2. Set amongst some expansive lawns, four spacious display halls are de-humidified to preserve the ageing machinery and each holds around 20 vehicles at any one time, all mounted on individual plinths that allow clear viewing. Collectively, the halls offer visitors a special opportunity to take a luxury ride down memory lane looking at almost 120 years of motoring history through regularly changing themed displays of vehicles, motorcycles, bicycles and memorabilia.
The birth of the museum’s collection took place in 1974 with the establishment of a transport museum at the Heidelberg railway station in Gauteng. Initiated and backed by local entrepreneur and conservationist Dr Anton Rupert, his enthusiasm and appreciation of the automobile led to an ongoing acquisition of a large number of vehicles both individually and from other collections, which ultimately led to a decision in 2004 to relocate the museum’s contents to the family’s estate in Franschhoek. Dr Rupert passed away in 2006, shortly before the new museum was opened on 7 May 2007, but his equally auto-enthusiast son Johann has continued to develop the museum’s eminence.
From the rare to the exotic, from the innovative to the commercial, this superb 300+ collection of vehicles, most of which are in show condition, has been brought together not only from within South Africa but from around the globe. The oldest is a 1898 Beeston motor tricycle – a 1903 Ford Model A is the oldest four-wheeler – and the most modern a 2010 Ferrari 559 GTO. Among the unique models are examples of South Africa’s only two totally home-grown marques, the GSM Dart/Flamingo and the Protea.
The Franschhoek Motor Museum’s ever-expanding inventory rivals that of most similar private collections around the world and represents a living tribute to one family’s passion for the automobile. For video and photo galleries of the collection, monthly newsletters and any other information about the museum, logon to www.fmm.co.za.
In accordance with current nation-wide COVID-19 restrictions, the following applies regarding visiting the museum: Online ticket sales only – logon to www.fmm.co.za. No ticket sales at the door. Proof of online booking to be shown for access to the L’Ormarins Estate/FMM. There is ample secure parking on site. Motorcycles and buses larger than 23-seaters should park at Anthonij Rupert Wyne from where visitors will be transported to and from the museum by charabanc.
Limited time slots are available with no more than 30 guests per hour – no ‘walk-ins’ will be allowed. The museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10h00 to 17h00. The museum will be closed on Mondays, Good Friday and Christmas Day.
Entry fees: R80 adults, R60 pensioners and motor club members (with membership ID), R40 children (ages 3-12). Guided tours are available upon request at no charge.
The Deli will serve takeaway coffee and treats. A selection of wines produced by Anthonij Rupert Wyne is also available, subject to permitted selling hours. Visitors are encouraged the pay via debit/credit card/SnapScan to avoid handling cash.
Tel: 021 874 9000 Fax: 021 874 9100 E-mail: fmm.co.za Web: www.fmm.co.za