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PRETORIA

The Capital City of South Africa offers the visitor plenty to see and do.

The Pretoria Zoo must certainly be included in your schedule of places to visit as well as the Union Buildings.

There are a multitude of museums to visit. These include the following:

  • Tswaing. On the road to Hamanskraal lies this ancient meteor crater. This is South Africa'ns first community-centered enviro-museum. There are guided group visits daily by prior arrangement at 01214 - 98 7302. The museum also offers hiking trails, braai facilities, abundant bird life and indigenous animals.

  • Pierneef Museum: Situated in Vermeulen Street, this museum is open Monday to Friday from 08:00 to 16:00. Here you will find the works of art and personal belongings of one of South Africa'ns best known artists.

  • Coert Steynberg Museum: Open on Tuesdays to Fridays from 10:00 to 13:00 and Sundays from 11:00 to 17:00, this museum is situated in Berg Street. This is the house of another of South Africa'ns famous artists. This time, the house, studio and sculptures of the great sculptor, Coert Steynberg.

  • Kruger Museum: This museum house the possessions of President Kruger who lived here for the period 1884 to 1901. It is open to the public during the week from 08:30 to 16:00 and weekends and public holidays from 09:00 to 16:00. It is situated in Church Street.

  • SAP Museum Service: In Pretorius Street you will find the SA Police Museum Service. Here you can see displays on famous cases, drugs and weapons. They  also offer night tours, puppet shows and other community related projects. Open during the week from 07:30 to 15:30, Saturdays from 8:30 to 12:30 and Sundays from 13:30 to 16:30.

  • Museum of Culture: This is a huge museum with 6000 square meters of display space. It tells the story of 2million years of history in South Africa.

  • Post Office Stamp collection: Here you can discover die postal history of South Africa. open Monday to Friday 7:30 to 16:30. It is situated in Palace Avenue, Church Square.

  • Correctional Services Museum: See the weapons made by inmates, their art and hobbies as well as objects illegally made by them. Situated in Potgieter Street, it is open for viewing Tuesday to Friday 09:00 to 15:00.

  • Transvaal Museum: Situated in Paul Kruger Street, this is Pretoria'ns Natural History Museum and covers subjects like mammals, birds, insects, reptiles, invertebrates, palaeontology and archaeo-zoology. They are open Monday to Saturday 09:00 to 17:00 and Sunday and public holidays from 11:00 to 17:00.

  • Melrose House: Guided tours are available on prior bookings through this marvelous late Victorian house museum furnished with original furniture and gardens as well as a photographic exhibition on the Anglo-Boer War. It is situated in Jacob Mare Street and open Tuesday to Saturday 10:00 to 17:00. Thursdays 10:00 to 20:00 and Sundays from 10:00 to 18:00.

  • Voortrekker Monument and Museum: No visit to Pretoria is complete without a visit to the Voortrekker Monument. The museum boast some magnificent tapestries depicting the life of the Voortrekker. Open all week from 9:00 to 16:45.

  • Smuts House Museum: This is the house of statesman J.C. Smuts. The house is situated in Jan Smuts Avenue and is open Monday to Friday from 09:30 to 13:00 and 13:30 to 16:30. Weekends from 09:30 to 13:00 and 13:30 to 17:00

  • Pioneer Museum: This house was constructed in 1848 shows the life of the early pioneers in this area. Traditional farm yard activities will be demonstrated by prior arrangement. There are picnic and barbeque facilities available. Open every day 08:30 to 16:00

  • Sammy Marks Museum: This Victorian mansion dates from 1884 and was the house of magnate Sammy Marks. The collection include excellent examples of Victorian glass, porcelain, furniture and silver wares. There is also a tea garden and museum shop. Guided tours on request. Open Tuesday to Friday 09:00 to 16:00 and weekends from 10:00 to 16:00.

  • Willem Prinsloo Agricultural Museum:  This is a living farm museum of the 1920'ns. Here you can experience the farm yard activities on a guided tour by prior arrangement. This museum also brew mampoer which can be bought at the museum shop. There is also overnight accommodation, conference and picnic facilities. Open all week 08:00 to 16:00.

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