Get in contact with the Owl House during office hours.
The Owl House’s operating hours are 09h00 to 16h45, Monday to Sunday; December school holidays, 08h00 to 17h45;
and closed on December 25.
Tickets may be purchased at the visitors’ centre entrance in Martin Street, and cost R60 for the Owl House only,
and R85 for the Owl House and Kitching Fossil Centre.
Contact the Owl House via telephone at 049 841 1733 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
For close to forty years Helen Martins worked to bring light and life into her home and garden, creating a wealth of cement statues, with ground and broken glass bringing colour throughout. With the help of first, Jonas Adams, later Piet van der Merwe and during the last few years, Koos Malgas, she sculpted hundreds of statues depicting owls, camels, churches, sphinxes, people and a wide range of religious artefacts in her home and garden. The inside of her home, the walls, doors and ceilings, were covered with ground glass in differing colours.
In August 1976, at the age of 78, with her eyesight failing she took her own life by drinking caustic soda. She was rushed to hospital, but the damage was extensive and she died three days later.
As Helen only left instructions as to what she wanted after her death in a letter, rather than a signed will and testament, many of her things were taken away by family – even though the letter clearly stated that only a few things, which were willed to some of her friends and family, were to be removed from the house.
The Owl House and Camel Yard is currently the property of the Sarah Baartman Municipality and is “rented” by the Owl House Foundation, a non-profit organisation that looks after Helen’s home and legacy. They are in charge of the day to day running of the house as well as the upkeep and restoration of the house and statues that deteriorate with age.