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Melrose House

Melrose House Museum

Named after the famous Melrose Abbey in Scotland, Melrose House was built in 1886 by prosperous Pretoria businessman George Jesse Heys. Today, the mansion stands as a superb example of the transition between the Victorian and Edwardian architectural styles. The Peace Treaty of Vereeniging, which ended the Second Anglo-Boer War, was signed in the dining room of Melrose House on 31 May 1902. The table on which the treaty was signed can still seen in the museum today, and an example of the peace treaty is also on display.

Visiting hours

Tuesdays to Sundays from 10:00 to 17:00. Closed on Mondays and public holidays.

Physical address

Melrose House Museum is situated at 275 Jeff Masemola Street, Pretoria, across from Burgers Park. Free parking is available at 280 Scheiding Street to the south of the museum.

Admission

Adults R25,00

Pensioners and students R12,00

Learners R5,00

Please note: No credit card facilities available.

Educational programmes

Programmes are offered for Grade 4–9 in the following:

  • Life skills – games
  • EMS – market research

Other programmes include:

  • Grade 10 H​istory (Topic 5) – Colonial expansion, the South African War, and the Union of South Africa
  • Grade 10 Business Studies (Topics 2 and 3) – Contracts, business plans, etc
  • Grade 11 Design (Topic 2) – Paper dolls and business context
  • Grades 10 to 12 Hospitality Studies – Menus, recipes, cost calculation for formal dinners, etc
  • Grades 11 to 12 Tourism – Attraction sector, tour plans, map work, etc

Guided tours

Available by booking only. Please contact us for prices.

Further information

Melrose House Museum houses an Antique Fair twice a year, on 1 May and 16 December.

Contact details

Tel: 012 358 0882/012 322 0420

Fax: 012 320 2742

Email: MelissaL@tshwane.gov.za​

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