The Museum is comprised of a number of smaller museums which individually provide an insight into the life and activities of the Baynesfield Estate through time. The Dairy museum is housed in the first butter factory in South Africa which he built in 1898. The Kitchen Museum is in the same building and represents a period kitchen with laundry, bathing and kitchen sections. Many old gardening artifacts and implements are housed in the Potting Shed. The Natal Vintage Tractor and Machinery Club have set up their museum of vintage tractors and stationery engines in a beautifully restored building which was the first refrigeration room in South Africa. A milling shed, donated to the Museum was dismantled, transported and reassembled on the Estate to house the original milling equipment restored to working order.
Baynes House was built in 1882 by Joseph for his second wife Sarah. This imposing building, home to many pieces of original Baynes furniture, is open to the public (by arrangement), and is situated in a 3 hectare garden with magnificent trees, some of which were planted by Joseph and his second wife, Sarah.
Joseph and his first wife Maria lived in a simple home with interleading rooms with the stables at one end and a bullring at the other. This building now houses a large collection of antique wood crafting tools collected by an offshoot of the Vintage Tractor Club, known as the â€œWoodcraftersâ€. Amongst this merry band is a blacksmith who plies his trade, using period equipment, in the old stables.
There is a comprehensive collection of vintage sewing machines in a more modern building which was the Cheese Factory in past years. An architectural Trail leads the visitor through the Museum Complex and farmyard to view the Administration house, Coach House, Long Barn where staff took refuge during the 1906 uprising, and three old silos.
A short distance from the Museums is the Mausoleum where Joseph and Sarah are buried. The Mausoleum, Dairy and Baynes House have all been declared National monuments.