MELKRIVIER — The ribbon cutting ceremony of the long awaited and much needed Waterberg Living Museum took place on Saturday 24 February. It is the brain child of the well-known Waterberg conservationist, artist and author, Clive Walker, and his son Anton. The Mayor of Modimolle, Marlene van Staden, performed the ceremony in front of many invited local and foreign dignitaries.
It is situated on the Melkrivier road about 30 km from Vaalwater. The complex is unique as the museum is not one building but five measuring 14 m x 6 m and three 7 m rondavels that cover the cultural component spread out over a botanical garden.
Central to this is the Livingstone Lounge, incorporating a large tea garden, shop and refreshment facility, parking and toilets. In addition, there is an 80 seat auditorium, office complex for NGO’s and the WISE centre which has seating for 10, a research library, archives, herbarium and egg and dung collections. The dung collection is the Walker families’ original collection from the 70’s which led to the book Signs of the Wild published in 1981 and still in production.
The museums are about culture, ancient human history, natural history and the fossil record. It’s a place of peace and tranquillity, a place of learning – for both young and old. It’s about memory as well. The Waterberg is by no means a built environment, instead it is blessed with great landscapes and natural biodiversity and an amazing human history and the Walkers have endeavoured to bring this alive in one central space for the benefit of all.
The museum will be open to all members of the public shortly and is a must for locals and visitors to the Waterberg. Entry will be free of charge.