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Historical Musings

May 20, 2019, Author: bianca

The capital city, is a cultural hotspot – rich in history and local traditions. There are museums sprinkled throughout the city – some dedicated to a specific subject matter, some more obscure and niche and others commemorating specific events in the Country’s history.

THE VOORTREKKER MONUMENT & HERITAGE CENTRE

The Voortrekker Monument, the most visited heritage site in Gauteng and within the top 10 in South Africa, was built to commemorate the Voortrekkers and the Great Trek. The 40-meter-tall granite monument is situated within a 240-hectare nature reserve overlooking the city of Pretoria. The museum at the Monument contains Voortrekker memorabilia and there is also a Heritage Center consisting of interactive exhibitions to explain the role and contributions of the Afrikaner people to South Africa.

Eufees Road, Groenkloof, Pretoria

027 12 326 6770

www.vtm.org.za/heritage-centre

DITSONG NATIONAL MUSEUM OF CULTURAL HISTORY

The National Museum of Cultural History has an impressive display of over five million items, including textiles, beading, basketry, clothing, art and furniture from various cultural groups that have shaped our Country’s history. The museum aims to remain a centre for living culture, focusing on the diversity of the country’s cultures and includes rock paintings from the San, archaeological material from the Stone and Iron ages to a collection of Cape Dutch furniture.

African Window Building, 149 Visagie Street, Pretoria

012 324 6082

www.ditsong.org.za

FREEDOM PARK MUSEUM

Located in Salvokop, on a hill overlooking the city, the Freedom Park Memorial honours those who lost their lives in the struggle for freedom during the various wars as well as during the Apartheid era. It tells an interactive tale of Africa – beginning with African legends from millions of years ago and weaves a path through historical eras including colonisation, industrialisation, nationalisation through to democracy. The park itself has a series of sites, linked by a spiral pathway, allowing visitors to explore the rich culture and history of South Africa through architecture, landscaping and sculpture.

Koch Street & 7th Avenue, Salvokop, Pretoria

012 336 4000

www.freedompark.co.za

KRUGER HOUSE MUSEUM

Image Credit: Uwe Duerr

The Kruger Museum is located within the Kruger House, the historical residence of Paul Kruger, the third president of the Republic of South Africa. Built in 1884, the Victorian-style house, which was one of the first to use electricity, has been refurbished to recreate the era in which the president lived there with his wife Gezina, before being exiled to Europe. Important memorabilia and furniture are housed within the museum and can be viewed by visitors during tours and school outings.

60 WF Nkomo Street, Pretoria CBD

012 326 9172

www.ditsong.org.za

 

 

 

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