The original purpose of the Afrikaans Language Museum was to honour the people that played an important part in the process to recognise Afrikaans as an official language of writing and reading.
As such, it is set in the historic house of Gideon Malherbe who was one of the founders of the Fellowship for True Afrikaners (GRA) in 1875. His Georgian styled home has been furnished with original pieces, ornaments and tools. Many of the objects have been donated or made available by family members.
In its depiction of the origins of one of Africa’s youngest languages, exhibitions inform on the diversity of Afrikaans and also showcase the GRA’s printing press, on which the first Afrikaans newspaper was printed. Exhibits reflect on the language’s development, its variants and contemporary expressions, and there are examples of old Afrikaans written in Arabic script.
The Taalmuseum is located in the heart of Paarl, while the Afrikaans Language
Monument/Taalmonument is located on a hill overlooking the town. The monument consists of various tapering structures of a convex and concave nature. They both often host events.