The Sammy Marks Museum is a Victorian style Mansion about 23 km outside Pretoria. It is the former home of South Africa’s first industrialist and entrepreneur, Sammy Marks who lived here with his wife Bertha and their nine children between 1885 and 1909.
The house has 48 rooms and at the time, had a staff of 14. The family were said to entertain lavishly, the gardens and surrounds were said to cater for dinner parties for up to 30 guests at a time. The House Museum displays some of the superb original furniture, oil paintings and silverware and the Billiard Room is a sight to behold with the decorated ceiling, the paintings were done on silk and pasted on the ceiling.
Highlights of the museum include the impressive billiards room, which is lined with old photographs of Marks and his family and friends, the huge kitchen area with its 10-plate stove and five different ovens and the extraordinarily well-stocked library, packed with books covering everything from history, mining and agriculture to philosophy, fiction and poetry. A tour of the estate today provides candid insight into the splendour and opulence in which the so-called Randlords of the time lived.
The guides take the visitors back into the Victorian Age as they walk through the house of which 98% of the contents belonged to the Marks family. Visitors can also enjoy a light lunch or picnic in the gardens.
Adults, R50 (Overseas Visitors, R65)
Prices are subject to change, please contact the Museum to confirm.
Tour Times are 10h00, 11h30, 13h00, 14h30 & 16h00
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