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State Museum - Staatsmuseum
Pretoria, Gauteng

Sytze Wopkes WIERDA: Design Architect

Street:Boom Street


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25°44'19.70" S 28°11'23.56" E Alt: 1304m

Also known as ZAR State Museum, Cultural-Historical and Open-Air Museum.

Situated in the grounds of the National Zoological Gardens this museum was popularly known as the Old Museum. It was established towards the end of the 19th century. Building operations were interrupted by the outbreak of the Anglo-Boer War and the incomplete building was used as offices by the British forces. It was completed in 1902 and officially opened, complete with exhibits, on 15 December 1904.

In 1999 the museum was amalgamated with various other museums housed in the repurposed Mint as the National Cultural History Museum - African Window near Main Railway Station behind the City Hall.

The building is abandoned and now stands empty.

Ingrid Niebuhr did a design thesis related to the reuse of the Staatsmuseum, 'Healing activities centre', as a final year design student in the Interior Design programme at the Pretoria School of Architecture. See thesis here.

Writings about this entry

Bakker, Karel A, Clarke, Nicholas J & Fisher, Roger C. 2014. Eclectic ZA Wilhelmiens : A shared Dutch built heritage in South Africa. Pretoria: Visual Books. pg 78, 136, 164, 165 ill
Swart, Johan & Proust, Alain. 2019. Hidden Pretoria. Cape Town: Struik Lifestyle. pg 110-111
Anon Cultural-Historical and Open-Air Museum: in Potgieter, DJ (Editor-in-chief). 1971. Standard Encyclopaedia of South Africa [SESA] Volume 3 Cal-Dev: pp 524