Bergtheil Museum, Durban Local History Museums, Ethekwini Municipality
The Bergtheil Museum is housed at Westville's oldest house, c1840s. The museum represents a modest house in its kitchen and bedroom exhibitions but also the histories of the area of Westville. Westville and surrounding communities had been known as home of German settlers who were brought to the colony of Natal in 1847 by Jonas Bergtheil to work in his farm. The archives of this museum keeps records of these settlers and their descendants. The museum also has an exhibition of archaeological findings discovered at the Westville Palmiet iGwalagwala shelter, representing early communities of the area. The museum interestly encourages you to travel with time and see how society has evolved.