Pitt Street House

Visit this old building - originally a labourer’s cottage at Parkes Sawmill in Knysna - for our exhibition about the South African War

COMING SOON: Our heritage in stone

The little Pitt Street House was one of three originally erected for workers at Parkes Sawmill (now the Woodmill Lane Shopping Centre). When all three were relocated in 1998 to make way for a new development, the Parkes family donated this one to the Knysna Museum. It now houses our display about the South African War (Anglo-Boer War, 1889 - 1902).


We're currently working on new posters for display in the Pitt Street House. Please visit us in the first quarter of 2020 to see these displays - or click on the links below for information about:

  • The geology of the Knysna Basin 
  • The Knysna Heads
  • Early Stone Age archaeology in Knysna
  • Middle Stone Age archaeology in Knysna
  • Knysna's gold rush
  • How the gold was formed

Find us

  • Pitt St. House (behind Millwood House), corner Queen Street & Clyde Street, Knysna
  • Latitude, longitude -34.037275, 23.050865
  • From Knysna Central: drive eastwards on Main Street towards Plettenberg Bay. Turn right into Queen Street at the stone church (St. George’s Anglican Church); you’ll find the Pitt St. House behind Millwood House. Enter via Millwood House.

Knysna museum hours

  • Mondays to Fridays: 9.00 a.m. to 4.00pm
  • Saturdays: 9.00 a.m. to 12.00pm

Museum contact

  • Telephone: +27 (0)44 302 6320

Our Heritage in Stone

Geology of the Knysna Basin

How the landscape of the Knysna Basin was formed

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The Knysna Heads

How The Heads were formed; some of the features of the Knysna Estuary; history of the river mouth; origins of the name, 'Knysna.'

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Earlier Stone Age archaeology in Knysna

People have lived in Knysna for more than 300,000 years

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Middle Stone Age archaeology in Knysna

How the archaeology of the Knysna area is contributing to our understanding of early modern human behaviour

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Knysna's gold rush

The story of the Millwood gold fields (in the forests northwest of Knysna) in the context of gold mining in Southern Africa


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How the gold was formed

'Lode Gold Mineralisation at the Millwood Gold Field'

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