Paul Kruger House

This modest and informative house museum in downtown Pretoria outlines the life and times of the 19th-century Afrikaans leader and Transvaal President Paul Kruger.

The bungalow-style home was built for the large Kruger family in 1884 by English-speaking architect Charles Clark, who legend has it used to mix his cement with milk rather than water. The long veranda in front of the house is its most famous feature and it is said that the president loved nothing more than to spend time here chatting to passers-by.

Inside the house, period furniture and personal items show how the Kruger family lived in a style that was for the time extremely modern. The house was one of the very first in the city to have electricity and a telephone connection, while the bathrooms also made use of the latest technologies.

For anybody interested in the Anglo-Boer Wars, there is much to learn from the exhibition detailing Kruger's role in the fiercely contested conflicts, and unusual items such as the knife with which Kruger amputated part of his own wounded finger reveal much about the personal character of this controversial figure.

Before you leave make sure to visit the backyard of the house, where various old wagons and Kruger's very own private train carriage are on display.

Hours: open daily 8am to 4pm (closed Christmas Day and Good Friday).