The Taalmuseum lies in the heart of Paarl and depicts the diverse origins of one of Africa’s youngest languages, Afrikaans. The museum is set in the beautiful historic house of Gideon Malherbe, one of the founders of the Fellowship for True Afrikaners (GRA) in 1875.

The museum’s exhibitions inform visitors about the history and diversity of Afrikaans – see the GRA’s printing press on which the first Afrikaans newspaper in the world was printed on and test your knowledge of idioms! Also view examples of the oldest Afrikaans written in Arabic script and experience the adventurous journey of Afrikaans music.

Pre-booked guided tours are available at the Language Museum.

The museum and monument often host exceptional events. Visitors can stay updated with these by visiting their social media platforms. If you visit the Taalmonument on Paarl Mountain on the same day, you will receive a discount on the entrance fee there, so please keep your original museum payment slip.