Tranquility and at Peace with Nature


The Arboretum, (near the Place of Quiet), is a project of the Friends of the General Smuts Foundation. A variety of indigenous trees and shrubs are being planted to attract birds and butterflies to the area. 
When Smuts moved to Doornkloof he planted exotic trees such as blue gums and pine trees to assist the mines, and augment his income. The Australian wattles were planted by Ouma Smuts, who liked the yellow flowers. 
Today these exotic trees, which are classified as invasive plants are slowly being removed and replaced with indigenous trees. The natural grasslands have recovered over time and the wild flower display in Spring is worth the walk..


Museum Reception Catering Contractor  Executive Liaison Officer
Tel: +27(0)12 670 9017 Tel: +27(0)76 716 6845 Cell: +27(0)79 393 3282


Kindly note: the Museum operating times are Tuesdays to Sundays from 9:00 to 16:00. Special visits on other days may be made by prior arrangement with the Liaison Officer. There is a R10 parking fee over weekends for security reasons.

Ouma Isie's Tea Garden and Restaurant is open every day except Mondays (apart from Public Holidays falling on a Monday).