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Sammy Marks House

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Address: Route 104 | Old Bronkhorstspruit Road, Pretoria 0001, South Africa
Phone Number: +27 12 790 2302
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A very interesting historical house -

We held a re-union of three families who live in different South African cities - ordered a super picnic from the kitchen at Sammy Marks House which was laid out in a corner of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Rosemary D
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Durban,South Africa
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Durban,South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We held a re-union of three families who live in different South African cities - ordered a super picnic from the kitchen at Sammy Marks House which was laid out in a corner of the garden for us. Teas and or lunches can be served at tables outside the house. When we'd done with the picnic we were taken on... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

What a wonderful and beautiful museum. My lovely guide Petro (Suzelle DIY) brought me back to an era of more then 100 years ago. Everything in this house breaths history. Unfortenately funding from the government has been halted over the years which is showing here and there. This museum is a true gem in SA'n history and it troubles me... More 

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Thank Ferdinand D
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I absolutely love going to the Sammy Marks house and have been there a few times, especially with foreign visitors. Very rich in history and the tour guides are very knowledgeable. Nice to see the attempts to preserve it. Keep up the good work!

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Thank theot602
Rayton, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is one of my favourite museums to visit. I have been on numerous tours through Sammy Marks House and are always astounded by what a person can achieve. The house is well preserved an we had the opportunity ( quite a few years back ) to dine in the dining room of the house - this is no longer... More 

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Thank Alrentia V
Pretoria, South Africa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Friends and I went for breakfast and it was just 'ok'. Nothing special - although the staff are friendly and courteous. What was alarming was the fact that if you wished to take photos (anywhere) it was R500. This is such a missed marketing opportunity as tourists would love to take photos and share with friends etc. (probably on social... More 

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Thank billgraham2016
Pretoria, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This is the house of Sammy Marks, a Lithuanian peddler turned businessman's house, built ion the outskirts of Pretoria in 1870 or thereabouts. A typically English victorian house , with beautiful wooden staircase brought by ox wagon. Magnificent crockery and cutlery, furniture etc. Beautiful grounds. Lovely Sunday morning visit.

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Thank Janetta M
Pretoria, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

A lovely experience for anybody intrested in South African history. The displays are excellent with historical photo's against the walls. You can roam in the gardens, and enjouy a love day outdoors with family and fiends.

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Thank r0uxw
Pretoria
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2016

This is the home of one of Pretoria's first entrepeneurs. Pretty to look at the original furniture and accessories but even more interesting to hear Sammy Marks's history and the role this Jew played in Afrikaans business and politics

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Centurion, South Africa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2016

Built in the 1890's, this house has features I didn't think were available then- a shower with hot and cold running water, an electric system for calling the butler to whichever room you were in and more. Sammy Marks was one of the richest South Africans of the time and no expense was spared in building and equipping this house.... More 

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Thank James W
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016

I don't understand why this does not get more visits. And why he was not really part of our history in school. What an amazing man and a beautiful house.

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