The Dynamite Company Museum

Provides an interesting insight into the production and social history of the Modderfontein factory and community. The museum is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 08h30 to 15h30, Fridays from 08h30 to 14h00 and on Saturdays from 08h30 to 12h30. Advance booking for groups is essential.


The Dynamite Company Museum is found at 2 Main Street, Founders Hill, Modderfontein. GPS co-ordinates 26°05’45.8″S 28°09’38.9″E or google maps co-ordinates -26.096058, 28.160797.

Curator: Lodwick Mahasha, 078 800 8679

Historic Buildings of Modderfontein Village

• Franz Hoenig Haus, where Hoenig, the first factory manager lived. This has been restored.

• The Casino which was built as a recreation centre for factory management.

• The first weather station for the Transvaal.

• The old Laboratorium, the first laboratory for the explosives factory.

• Several old corrugated iron-clad homes dating back to the 1890s.


Restaurants & Coffee Shops

• Moddercrest Coffee Shop in the Moddercrest Office Reserve at the top of High Street.

• Oakes Coffee Shop with light meals on High Street.

• The Dynamite Distilling Company on High Street for a range of locally distilled craft spirits and craft beers.

• Flamingo Shopping Centre with a number of restaurants and coffee shops.

• 33 High Street. The restaurant as this address operates out of the home built for the Assistant Factory Manager in 1896.