Melrose House
Melrose House
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Victorian opulence abounds at this tastefully preserved historic home.
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Lutsedus Travels and Tours
Acornhoek, South Africa147 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019
Melrose House is a stately mansion and museum located on Burgers Park in Pretoria, South Africa. Contents. 1 History; 2 Museum; 3 Bibliography; 4 External
Written November 19, 2019
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Stephannie S
Centurion, South Africa132 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Friends
A lovely museum that shows daily life from the late 1800's and early 1900s of the South African elite. The house has been beautifully and accurately restored and is rich with the elegance of the era.
Our fabulous guide told us all about the Heys family who built and lived in the house.
We were blessed to have had High Tea organized while we there and we were treated to tasty sweets and tea on fine bone china.
The grounds have the most stunning old trees and are a delight.
A nice place to visit if you are spending the day in downtown Pretoria. I would couple it with a trip to the National Museum of Natural history a few blocks away and a stop at the Parliament building or the Voortrekker Monument.
R25 for adults
No flash photography
Parking on Jeff Masemola street (not secured but with a parking attendant), or in the parking lot behind the museum.
Written May 26, 2018
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sfuhere
uk802 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2018 • Couples
A wonderfully well preserved Victorian-era villa with loads of historical interest, in particular because the peace treaty ending the Anglo-Boer war was signed here, and the very table it was signed on is still here. Our guide told us that the AWB (white nationalists) actually bombed the house around the end of apartheid, as they wanted the table for themselves. Luckily they didn’t succeed, and the damage they caused has been repaired. The house itself is beautiful - in particular I admired the stained glass in the front entrance and on the main staircase.

The house is closed Monday and opens at 10am other days - though I would recommend arriving a little later than 10 on the dot! For us British people, sometimes we need to get used to the slower pace of life in Africa and things don’t always happen on the dot. I went round to the back behind the tennis court where the staff gather and politely asked if it was opening, and then they let us in. Entrance is R25 which is very reasonable and a guidebook is available. It really is definitely worth a look around.
Written January 28, 2018
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Bushbaby
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Feb 2020. No answer to either telephone number - we tried many times from 10:00 till 13:00 on a Friday. Then we went there because online it indicated it was open. The gate was locked, the house front door closed and there is no bell or intercom. It would be easy to leave a message online or on the phone line if they need to be closed during indicated "open" times.
Written February 8, 2020
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Grant M
Port Macquarie, Australia97 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Solo
I loved visiting this place. Make sure you take the audio tour which is really well done however it’s not advertised very clearly and you could easy just walk around. Well worth visiting just do some forward planning if using the loos! See photo
Written October 23, 2017
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1vinodsharma1
Mumbai, India419 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Family
Melrose House is a stately mansion and museum located on Burgers Park in Pretoria, South Africa. Since there was a cost to visit the museum of R22, we did not visit the place but saw it only from the outside. There is free parking there.
Written May 19, 2017
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fiddletwigs
105 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2017 • Couples
The inside of this state house is amazing with its stained glass, wooden finishes and plastered ceiling. The dining room where the peace treaty was signed is impressive to say the least.
Written January 14, 2017
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Margie2015
Cape Town, South Africa8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2014 • Family
The house and gardens are beautiful. If you like history, I really recommend this attraction. The house is colonial in style but very grand and the gardens manicured to suit the splendor of the house. Definately should be on your list.
Written January 2, 2015
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Paul H
Johannesburg, South Africa75 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2013 • Friends
A friend and I visited Melrose House and despite finding the house and contents fascinating, the visit was marred by absent staff. This absence of staff perhaps explains the general mustiness if the house and the neglected garden. There was a tea room once, in what must have been a beautiful garden, but all that remains now are shredded table umbrellas rolling in the breeze. Not refreshment in sight. Sad, abandoned and neglected.

The uninterested person selling tickets was sleeping when we arrived and most of the rooms were cordoned off, unlike that of Sammy Marks or Lindfield for instance, where you are allowed to walk into the rooms for a more immersive experience. Melrose House of course, is now in a perhaps seedy part of town, so I think the possibility of theft results in one having to peer through doorways into rooms and not being allowed to enter. Yet, for a museum lover, it may be still worth it, just don’t expect the type of commitment and sharing of knowledge that you will find at museums like Sammy Marks or the Lindfield Victorian House Museum in Johannesburg.

I would sum up Melrose House as an amazing Victorian House Museum with unlimited potential, unfortunately neglected by uninterested management and a staff with seemingly, no clue of what they are actually dealing with, nor a willingness to find out. I suggest you turn a blind eye to what could have been, and enjoy what the museum still offers!
Written June 2, 2014
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Rob A
Ipswich, UK53 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2013 • Family
Melrose House is a wonderfully preserved 19th century house which is somewhere definitely worth visiting if you are in Pretoria. It was originally built by businessman George Heyes and was the family home for many years except for a brief period when the British used it as their headquarters during the Anglo-Boer war.

The treaty to end the war was signed in the dining room at Melrose House with Lord Kitchener being one of the signatories.

All rooms of the main house are accessible and are beautifully laid out as they would have been when George Heyes and his family lived there. The snooker table still looks in superb condition.

If you are driving, you can access the car park (free) from the back entrance. Entry was only 20ZAR per adult which is very reasonable.
Written August 2, 2013
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