Pretoria Museums Walking Tour (Self Guided), Pretoria

As one of South Africa's capital cities, Pretoria has many museums that will lead you through the history of the country and teach you about its cultural and natural treasures. Don't miss a chance to visit some of the museums for which the city Pretoria is famous.
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Pretoria Museums Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Pretoria Museums Walking Tour
Guide Location: South Africa » Pretoria (See other walking tours in Pretoria)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 5
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.6 Km or 2.9 Miles
Author: irenebo
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Kruger House
  • National Cultural History Museum
  • Transvaal Museum of Natural History
  • Melrose House
  • Pretoria Art Museum
Kruger House

1) Kruger House (must see)

Kruger House is the historic Pretoria residence of the President of the South African Republic, Paul Kruger (1825-1904). It was built in 1884 by architect Tom Claridge and builder Charles Clark. Milk was used instead of water for mixing the cement from which the house was constructed, as the cement available was of poor quality. The house was one of the first in Pretoria to be lit by electricity. The house contains either the original furnishings or items from the same historical period, some of the many gifts that were presented to Kruger, and other memorabilia. An interesting feature of the house is the pair of stone lions on the veranda that were presented to President Kruger as a birthday gift in 1896 by the mining magnate Barney Barnato. The Kruger House is now a house museum that tries to recreate the ambience of the period in which Kruger lived.
Sight description based on wikipedia
National Cultural History Museum

2) National Cultural History Museum (must see)

The National Cultural History Museum, also known as the "African Window," is located in the Old Mint. It is called the most dynamic museum in the city because of its constantly changing exhibitions. The museum houses a collection of at least five million objects related to the history and culture of South Africa, from the stone age to the present, and from both the indigenous peoples and European colonists.
Transvaal Museum of Natural History

3) Transvaal Museum of Natural History (must see)

The Ditsong National Museum of Natural History, formerly Transvaal Museum, is a natural history museum situated in Pretoria. It was founded as the Staatsmuseum (Afrikaans for "State Museum") of the ZAR on the 1 December 1892, and J. W. B. Gunning was appointed as first director. The museum was located for the first two years in the Ou Raadsaal parliament building.

The Transvaal Museum curates large collections of Plio-Pleistocene fossils, as well as late Permian therapsids. In addition the museum holds very large collections of mammals, birds, reptiles, and invertebrates. The museum is located on Paul Kruger Street, between Visagie and Minnaar Streets, opposite the Pretoria City Hall.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Melrose House

4) Melrose House (must see)

Melrose House is a stately Victorian mansion that was built in 1886 by the prosperous Pretoria businessman George Jesse Heys. It was named after the famous Melrose Abbey in Scotland. Melrose House gained fame during the Second Boer War (1899–1902), when Lord Roberts requisitioned it as the headquarters for the British forces after Pretoria was captured in June 1900. Today, this elegant house is a museum that represents the transition from Victorian to Edwardian architectural styles and interiors. The interior is characterized by colorful stained glass windows, paintings by English artists, carpets in rich colors, ornate ceilings and fireplaces, and valuable porcelain ornaments. The majority of these items were the property of the Heys family.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Pretoria Art Museum

5) Pretoria Art Museum (must see)

The Pretoria Art Museum occupies an entire city block bounded by Park, Wessels, Schoeman and Johann Streets. The Pretoria Art Museum was established to house the City Council of Pretoria's Art Collection, built up since the 1930s. The collection received an early windfall in 1932 when Lady Michaelis bequeathed a large number of artworks to the city council after the death of her husband, Sir Max Michaelis. The collection consisted mainly of 17th-century work of the "North Dutch school". South African works included pieces by Henk Pierneef, Pieter Wenning, Frans Oerder, Anton van Wouw and Irma Stern.

Building of the museum began on 26 January 1962 and the cornerstone was laid on 19 October 1962 by the then Prime Minister Dr HF Verwoerd and the mayor of Pretoria, Councillor E. Smith. The building of concrete and glass was completed over 18 months at a cost of R400,000. The design in the modern International Style design and technical innovations feasible at that time were used. The museum was officially inaugurated on 20 May 1964 by the new mayor of Pretoria, Dr PJ van der Walt.

Operation hours: Tuesday to Sunday: 10 am - 5 pm.
Sight description based on wikipedia

Walking Tours in Pretoria, South Africa

Create Your Own Walk in Pretoria

Create Your Own Walk in Pretoria

Creating your own self-guided walk in Pretoria is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Pretoria Introduction Walking Tour

Pretoria Introduction Walking Tour

Pretoria, one of South Africa's three capitals (the other two being: Cape Town – legislative, and Bloemfontein – judicial), is commonly regarded as “Jacaranda City” for the abundance of jacaranda trees. The history of Pretoria is rich in events closely associated with the history of the South African Republic, some of which are reflected in a number of local attractions, such as the...  view more

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.8 Km or 3.6 Miles
Pretoria Landmarks Walking Tour

Pretoria Landmarks Walking Tour

Pretoria is called South Africa in miniature. The variety of its landmarks represent the variety of the whole country. The following attractions are the most representative in this marvelous city. Take this tour to view the parks, monuments, government buildings, and other landmarks of Pretoria.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.4 Km or 4.6 Miles
North Pretoria Walking Tour

North Pretoria Walking Tour

Pretoria is the main cultural center of South Africa. The following walking tour will lead you to the museums, galleries, theaters, and nightspots of the city's northern region and will show you the diversity of Pretoria's cultural life.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.1 Km or 3.2 Miles