Totius House Museum in Potchefstroom, Noordwes
The Totius House Museum is situated in the town of Potchefstroom in the North West Province, South Africa.
The Museum is a house museum which forms part of the Dutch Reformed Church complex and was once the home of JD du Toit, who used the nom de plume or pen name Totius. Totius was a poet and theologian and was most famous for his translation of the Bible into Afrikaans. He also published nine volumes of poetry.
The house is a typical example of a home built in the Edwardian period. It was completed in 1905, when it was first occupied by Professor Cachet, until Professor du Toit preceded him as Principle at the Theologian School of the Dutch Reformed Church in 1911. Totius, was an academic, poet and leader in his time and today is arguably the most well-known resident of Potchefstroom. The entire contents of the house museum originated from his family and include paintings from Pierneef, a close friend of the family.
The President Pretorius Museum and Totius House Museum are managed by the Potchefstroom Museum which are all in close proximity to each other and are all well worth a visit.
Things to do and see
- Guided Tours (by arrangement only)
- Furniture, pictures & utensils
- Books and Totius' Writings
- Pierneef Paintings
- Potchefstroom Museum
- President Pretorius Museum
No Admission fee is charged.
Monday to Friday, 10h00 - 17h00 (closed between 13h00 and 14h00)
Saturday, 09h00 - 13h00
Sunday, 14h30 - 16h30
Potchefstroom experiences its rainfall in the mid-summer months, with December and January seeing the highest levels.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 15˚C and 29˚C.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 2˚C and 18˚C.
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