Campus Life

President Pretorius Museum

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Some of you may have seen the little white buildings next to SenWes, but not a lot of you will know what treasures are hidden inside.

 

These white buildings are actually the President Pretorius Museum and it was the house of Marthinus Wessel Pretorius (1819 – 1901), the first president of the ZAR and also the founder of Pretoria.

 

The ground these houses are built was originally part of a big farm that was given to the president by the ZAR and he lived here from the 1850’s till 1893.

 

Unfortunately because of the First Anglo-Boereoorlog (1880-1881) and the Second Anglo-Boereoorlog there was a lot of damage to the house and very few of the Pretorius family’s belongings survived.

 

For anyone that is interested in the history of Potchefstroom as well as the history of South Africa, a visit to the museum is a must.

 

The museum is open on weekdays from 10:00 till 13:00 and again from 14:00 till 16:00 as well as on Saturdays from 9:00 till 13:00 and on Sundays from 14:30 till 17:00.  On public holidays the museum is however closed.  Entrance to the museum is free, but donations are welcome and will be used to maintain the museum.

 

 

Directions to the museum:

  • If you exit the main entrance on campus in Meyer Street, turn left into Meyer Street in the direction of Hoffman Street.
  • Turn left in Thabo Mbeki Avenue.
  • After 600 m you will se the President Pretorius Museum on your left.