Museums in Pretoria

Sammy Marks Museum

Old Bronkhorstspruit Road, Pretoria

Return to a bygone era with a visit to the Sammy Marks Museum in Pretoria. This lovely Victorian mansion which dates back to 1884 and the Victorian garden make for a day out with a difference.

Smuts House Museum

Jan Smuts ave, Irene

Home to General Jan Smuts for over 40 years, Doornkloof in Irene,  is a unique museum that reveals much about the life and the spirit of this great statesman.

South African Air Force Museum

Zwartkop Air Force Base, Route 101 (Old Johannesburg Road), Valhalla

Here visitors can view some of the best historical aircraft in Africa. Trace the chronological development of South African military aviation. Notable exhibits include;  South African Air Force Mirage F1 and the Angolan Mig 21.

National Museum of Natural History

432 Paul Kruger Street, Pretoria

Formally the Transvaal Museum of Natural History, the National Museum was founded in 1892. It was originally buried away in a tiny room next to the clock tower on the top floor of Parliament House, with a collection so small, it hardly justified the hiring of any permanent employees. But with the increasing number of donations of items made, fossils of plants and animals, and items of European origin – particularly those introduced by Boers and Voortrekkers – the collection rapidly expanded. Today the collection at the National Museum of Natural History is housed in a magnificent sandstone building, its entrance dominated by dinosaur skeletons, filled with cavernous displays. Exhibits include hominid fossils from the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site, including Mrs Ples one of the country’s top celebrities and the nickname attributed to a fossil skull believed to represent a distant relative of all humankind; fossils of amphibians, fish, reptiles and plants from the Karoo.

Correctional Services Museum

c/o Bosman and Visagie Street, Pretoria

Visit the Department of Correctional Services Museum and gaze at life inside the walls of Pretoria Prison.

Post Office Museum

Church Square, Pretoria

The Post Office Museum is devoted to the history and development of postal services (stamps, telephone, telegraph) in South Africa.