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Coin World at the South African Mint showcases South Africa's rich coin heritage. The oldest working mint press in the world - the "Oom Paul" - is still striking coins.
Tel: 012 677-2460
Address: Old Johannesburg Rd, Centurion
Opening times: Mon-Sun: 09:00-15:30
Correctional Services Museum
The Correctional Services Museum is the only one of its kind in South Africa, portraying the development of the penal system and displays the hobbies of prisoners and illegal items manufactured by them.
Tel: 012 314 176
Address: Prison Reserve, Central Prison, Potgieter Street
Kruger House Museum
Built in 1884, the Kruger House Museum commemorates the life of Paul Kruger, former president of the Zuid Afrikaansche (Transvaal) Republiek. The interior has been faithfully recreated to look exactly as it did when Kruger lived in it more than a century ago.
Tel: 012 326-9172
Address: 60 Church Street, opposite Kruger Church, 1km west of Church Square
Opening times: Mon-Fri: 8:30-16:00, Weekends and public holidays: 9:00-16:00
Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology
The Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology at the University of South Africa houses 10 collections and about 27,000 objects reflecting the cultural history of southern Africa, including Ndebele and Xhosa artefacts, pottery, and Stone Age and Iron Age objects.
Tel: 012 429-6297
Address: Room 4-160, Theo van Wijk Building, University of South Africa (Unisa), Muckleneuk Ridge
Opening times: Tue-Fri 10:00-16:00
Melrose House is a Victorian mansion requisitioned in 1900 by Lord Roberts and turned into the headquarters of the British forces. Two years later it hosted the signing of the historic Treaty of Vereeniging, which brought an end to the Anglo-Boer War. The interior has been recreated in the sumptuous style of the times. There is a permanent exhibition of photographs of the Anglo-Boer War.
Tel: 012 322-2805/0420
Address: 275 Jacob Maré St, opposite Burger's Park.
Opening times: Tues-Wed: 10:00-17:00
National Cultural History Museum
The National Cultural History Museum is a cultural museum dedicated to the preservation and communication of the culture and heritage of all South Africans. It aims to explore cultural diversity and commonalities, and to link the present with the past to offer a better understanding of both. It has access to a collection of about three million objects which are displayed in a variety of permanent and temporary exhibitions. The museum works with institutions and community-based organisations to host film festivals, arts and crafts exhibitions, seminars, conferences, festivals and other cultural events.
Tel: 012 324-6082
Cell: 083 271-5759
Address: Visagie St, between Bosman and Schubart Sts, Pretoria
The Pioneer Museum comprises a house and historic farmyard built over 150 years ago. The house is a fascinating example of the architecture and building materials and methods of the time and the furniture reflects the movement of hawkers from the Cape to the interior, as do the pots, pans and porcelain.
Tel: 012 803-6086/7
Address: Church Street East and Pretoria Rd, Silverton (Exit 3 on N4)
The Pretoria Zoo, officially the National Zoological Gardens, was established in 1899 and is considered to be one of the 10 best zoos in the world, with a million visitors every years. The zoo has 97 mammal species, 161 bird species, 279 fish species, 106 reptile species and seven amphibian species - in total at least 4 340 animals. There is a walk-through aviary with indigenous birds from four different habitats, a nursery for baby animals, a farmyard, restaurants and a cable car way for an elevated view of the zoo. It also houses the largest inland aquarium in Africa.
Tel: 012 328 3265
Address: Boom Street, City Centre
Daily: 08:00 to 17:00
South African Police Services Museum
The South African Police Services Museum showcases the history of the South African Police Services and some fascinating famous cases.
Tel: 012 353-6770
Address: Corner Pretorius and Volkstem Streets.
Sammy Marks Museum
The Sammy Marks Museum is housed in the former home of mining magnate Sammy Marks which has been restored to resemble the way it was in 1886. The attractions include beautiful collections of furniture and decorative objects from the 1880s.
Tel: 012 803-6158
Cell: 082 754-0944
Address: Exit 11 on the N4 Witbank
Tues-Fri: 9:00 ' 16:00
Weekends: 10:00 - 16:00 (summer 10:00 - 16:30)
South African Air Force Museum
The South African Air Force Museum is the largest military aviation museum in South Africa. Established in 1973, it traces the development of the South African Air Force from its earliest days.
Tel: 012 351-2153
Address: Air Force Base Swartkop, Old Johannesburg/Pretoria Rd (R101)
Mon-Fri: 9:00 - 15:30
Weekends: 10:00 - 16:00
Closed 25 & 26 Dec, 1 & 2 Jan, and Good Friday
The Union Buildings, the administrative headquarters of the South African government, majestically overlook Pretoria from Meintjieskop hill. On the grounds are the Delville Wood War Memorial, a tribute to South African troops who died during the First World War, and statues of former South African prime ministers: Louis Botha, JBM Hertzhorg and Jan Smuts.
Tel: 012 300 5200
Address: Church Street, City Centre
Van Gybland-Oosterhoff Collection
The Van Gybland-Oosterhoff Collection at the University of Pretoria is the largest collection of items of historical interested related to Dutch culture outside of the Netherlands. It includes documents from both world wars, medals of honour, sculptures, commemorative plaques, spoons, paintings, portraits and publications.
Tel: 012 420-3100/2200
Address: Old Arts Building 2-8, University of Pretoria
Weekends by appointment.
Van Tilburg Collection
The Van Tilburg Collection at the University of Pretoria comprises paintings, graphics, furniture, Persian carpets, and Oriental and European ceramics. The Chinese ceramics collection is particularly important, tracing the development of ceramics in China over the course of more than 2 000 years.
Tel: 012 420-3100/2200
Address: Old Arts Building 2-9, University of Pretoria
Weekends by appointment.
Voortrekker Monument Museum
The Voortrekker Monument Museum and Fort Schanskop is housed in the Voortrekker Monument which was built to commemorate the Great Trek from the Cape of Good Hope into the interior of South Africa between 1835 and 1852. The museum charts the journey through maps, artefacts and tapestries depicting stories of Voortrekker life.
Tel: 012 326-6770 (monument) or 012 323-0682 (museum)
Address: Voortrekker Monument, Eufees Rd (M7)
Closed Good Friday and Christmas Day
Willem Prinsloo Agricultural Museum
The Willem Prinsloo Agricultural Museum is a living museum that centres on a farmstead dating from 1880, recreating the farming life and methods of the 1920s. It houses an extensive collection of early farming implements as well as very early indigenous domesticated animals. Traditional farming activities are demonstrated, and annual events include a prickly pear festival, mampoer festival and the Agricultural Museum Show.
Tel: 012 736-2035/6
Address: On the N4-freeway to Witbank turn off at Exit 27, take the Cullinan road and turn right at the 4-way stop on the R104. Follow the R104 for about 4km. Turn left at the signboard indicated with a steam engine.
Smuts House Museum
The Smuts House Museum in the peaceful rural environment of the farm Doornkloof illustrates the simple lifestyle of Jan Christiaan Smuts, statesman, scientist, philosopher, and twice the prime minister of South Africa.
Tel: 012 667-1176 / 1213
Address: Jan Smuts Ave, Irene
Mon-Fri:09:30 - 13:00 13:30 - 16:30
Weekends: 9:30 - 13:00 13:30 - 17:00
Public holidays: 9:30 -13:00 13:30 - 17:00
Closed on Good Friday, 1 May, 24 & 25 Dec
Tswaing Crater Museum
The Tswaing Crater Museum is at the site of one of South Africa's three meteorite impact sites and is South Africa's only crater museum and its first "environ-museum". A sizeable 1.4km in diameter, the crater marks the spot where a meteorite crashed to earth some 220 000 years ago. Tswaing was a favoured hunting ground during the Middle Stone Age 150 000 to 300 000 years ago and many artefacts have been found in the area, including tools and weapons.
Tel: 012 790-2302
Address: West of Road M35 (Tswaing or Old Soutpan Road), 30 km north of Onderstepoort
Guided group crater visit daily from 8:30-16:00 - book in advance