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Sammy Marks House

Route 104 | Old Bronkhorstspruit Road, Pretoria 0001, South Africa
+27 12 790 2302
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Ranked #10 of 47 attractions in Pretoria
Type: Historic Sites
Most recent review
- Jul 3, 2014
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Centurion, South Africa
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014 NEW

"Absolutely Amazing" I have lived in this country since birth and in all the years of school study(history) not a mention of Sammy Marks. 300 yrs of history and not a word on Sammy Marks and yet one visit and one wonders why that was. This one man had more influence on the industrial growth of South Africa and it's... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Food took forever to turn up and was dry and cold will always visit the lovely old house but tea garden will not see us again.

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Corinth, TX
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45 reviews 45 reviews
12 attraction reviews
256 helpful votes 256 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

This was a fascinating,educational, and delightful visit to the home of Sammy Marks, a Lithuanian Jewish immigrant who was the seemingly unsung hero responsible for bringing South Africa into the industrial age. Curator told of his rags to riches story and how he became a major force in South Africa's commerce and industry. The house, per Sammy's will, has retained... More

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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25 reviews 25 reviews
17 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

A spectacular house museum filled with all the splendour and luxury as befitted a man of Sammy Marks’ social position. Excellent guided tours lead by knowledgeable guides make it worth your while. A bit of trip to get there, but worth it. Lovely little tea shop in the garden selling light meals and refreshments. What will most impress you, is... More

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greenwood, mo
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

A Victorian house with gorgeous grounds and historical importance. We loved the guided tour and found the house and it's history charming! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!

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Johannesburg, South Africa
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

A lovely visit, nicely guided through the house, with meaningful anecdotal input. Wonderful to see a good level of restoration is being well conducted. Pleasant restaurant, shaded in the open air, walking around the area a small but meaningful number of bird species were seen, a highlight being the observation of three thrush species, Karroo, Groundscraper and Kurrichane, bronze mannikin,... More

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Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
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37 reviews 37 reviews
5 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

Definitely worth a visit. Limited menu for breakfast, brunch and lunch together with "picnic" baskets. Werner Weinbeck famous restaurateur (Bacardi's at Sterland, Pretoria) runs the restaurant. Great sitting in the garden enjoying good meals at reasonable prices.

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2013

Visiting the Sammy marks Museum was one of the highlights of our recent visit to South Africa. What a remarkable interior. What a wonderful guide. The snack we had in the grounds was very nice and the tranquillity of the place is inspirational. This is a must if your in the Pretoria/Johannesburg area. I'm going again next time I'm in... More

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New Hampshire, Usa
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31 reviews 31 reviews
9 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

Learned a lot about South African history here, as well as seeing the very nicely-preserved property. It was apparently good to be rich and have powerful connections in his days. The grounds and house are beautiful, and the guide was both knowledgeable and enthusiastic about Mr. Marks' history, family, and accomplishments. It was a very nice, off-the-beaten-path visit.

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Johannesburg, South Africa
14 reviews 14 reviews
10 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

This house dates back to the early 1900's and has remained in the same condition with it's 49 rooms and old furniture. Sammy Marks, a Jewish gentleman and a friend of President Paul Kruger was an excellent business man and member of parliament.The Sammy Marks tour is really historical and takes you back in time. This is well worth a... More

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