Kruger House Museum, Pretoria

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Kruger House Museum, Pretoria

Kruger House Museum, Pretoria
Kruger House Museum, Pretoria

The last house in which President Paul Kruger was to live, between 1883 and 1901, before he left South Africa to go into exile in Europe, the Kruger House Museum lies just a few blocks from Church square, where his bronze statue takes centre stage facing the Palace of Justice.

The beautiful Victorian style home was interestingly built using milk instead of water for mixing the cement as the cement of the time was deemed to be of a poor quality. Paul Kruger’s home was one of the first in the city to use electricity, and he had one of the first telephones installed in Pretoria in 1891. The unpretentious home has been refurbished to reflect the time when Kruger and his second wife, Gezina Kruger, lived here and, amongst a number of bits and pieces is a knife that Oom Paul (Uncle Paul), as he was fondly known, used to amputate his thumb after a shooting incident. The lions on the verandah were given to Kruger by Barney Barnato, the mining magnate, as a birthday present in 1896.

Paul Kruger was State President of the South African Republic and was renowned internationally for his struggle for freedom from the British during the Second Boer War (1899 - 1902). Both the Kruger National Park and the Krugerrand coin are named after him, and today pipe manufacturers continue to produce a style called ‘Oom Paul’, that is similar to the large-bowled, full-bent shape of the pipe with which he was so often portrayed in photographs. Interestingly, the hat he wore on his voyage to Europe is today displayed at the Rijksmuseum in the Netherlands.

Address: 60 Church Street, Protoria, Gauteng
Visiting Hours:
Monday to Friday: 08h30-17h30; Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays: 08h30-17h00
Telephone: +27 (0)12 326-9172

Kruger House Museum

Stay Overnight

For accommodation prior to or after your visit to the Kruger House Museum, please see accommodation in Waverley, Rietfontein or Colbyn. For places to stay in other suburbs in the region see accommodation in Pretoria or hotels in Pretoria. If you are interested in taking a guided tour of Pretoria which will include visits to other significant attractions see Pretoria Tours or view the layout of the city of Pretoria by viewing our Pretoria Map.

Kruger House Museum

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Kruger House Museum, Pretoria - The last house in which President Paul Kruger was to live, between 1883 and 1901, before he left South Africa