Pniël Museum and Heritage Site

Vision & Mission

Our Vision is to strive to establish a community that is proud of their heritage and who have respect for their forefathers – a proud, economically sustainable community that will be supported through education, especially educating the youth and empowering entrepreneurs, especially the women in our community.

Historical Background

The establishment of a mission station at Pniël is marginally connected to the emancipation of slaves in 1834. The emancipated slaves were obliged to stay on as farm workers for another 4 years, thus it was only from 1 December 1838 that they were allowed to leave the farms. With little or no money most of them continued to work for the farmers in the area, and returned to their homes at night.


The Pniël Museum is much more than just a museum. It tells the story of how a former Mission Station, established by the Apostolic Union in 1843 for the freed slaves and other blacks, grew and developed into the peaceful village of today.

Tea Garden

What an achievement for Pniël and the Dwarsriver Valley when we launched the Pniël Museum and Tea Garden on 01 December 2012.

Visit us and enjoy our beautiful garden and share in our heritage.

Currently the Teagarden is open by booking/special arrangement only and for events.

"Protecting, promoting and developing the Cultural and Historical Heritage of Pniel"