The Smuts House Museum seeks to represent faithfully the life-style and multi-facetted career of one of South Africa's greatest sons, General J. C. Smuts, and to promote the holistic vision which he expounded in his life and writings.
Dear Patrons, please take note that as of 1 June 2019 the entrance fees to the Museum will be amended to: R50.00 / adult and R30 / student and pensioner. We have kept our prices as low as possible in the foregoing years but need to align ourselves with other Heritage Sites. Bear in mind the entire homestead is private property and we benefit from no grants or subsidies. Many thanks for your support.
The three brochures below are available at the entrance desk at a cost of R15 each. These 16 page brochures supply much background information about the Big House, Jan and Isie Smuts and the various displays in the Museum. The brochures contain many useful images and will serve as valuable keepsake for your visit.
Photo of General Smuts extracted from the recently published book "Dankie Generaal" with the kind permission of its author Nico Moolman. Smuts is one of the Anglo-Boer War generals Moolman thanks for their contribution, through the strength of their leadership, to his own fascination with the Boer War and whose lives in many ways, consciously or subconsciously, helped shape his own.
To quote further from the publisher's notes:
"Hierdie pragtige kleurboek bevat meer as 100 rare foto’s uit die Anglo- Boereoorlog waarop Nico die afgelope paar jaar in sy ‘speurtogte’ as leke-historikus afgekom het. Dit sluit in etlike glasnegatiewe uit die oorlog waarvoor hy ’n spesiale skandeerder moes laat maak het om dit te digitaliseer. Die foto’s bied ’n baie intieme blik op Boerekrygers en Britse soldate te velde en in hul kampe en bevat wonderlike detail oor praktiese werklikhede van die oorlog. Tussendeur die foto’s vertel Nico die verhale van sy ontdekkingstogte oor die jare. Van die dagboek van 'n Boerekrygsgevangene wat op die vullishoop van die DBV gevind is tot die oorlogslagveld wat hy herontdek het."
"This book contains a selection of rare photos from the Anglo-Boer War, including a number that have been beautifully colourised. It also tells the fascinating story about the author’s far-reaching efforts to preserve these photos and objects from the war."
A life-sized statue of former South African Prime Minister, Jan Christiaan Smuts, has been unveiled at Rustenburg in the North West. The unveiling forms part of this month's heritage celebrations. The sculpture depicts Smuts on his horse Charlie. Click on the image below to view the 2 minute SABC News video.
We are extremely grateful to Zander, Tiaan, Johan, Adrian and Christopher (engineering and quantity surveying students) who recently renovated the railing of the Smuts House Museum in Irene. Please view their work on YouTube HERE
The Big House - Home of the Smuts Family
|Museum Reception||Catering Manager||Executive Liaison Officer|
|FRONT OF HOUSE||JAN DU TOIT||SHARON WONFOR|
|Tel: +27(0)12 670 9017||Tel: +27(0)12 670 9013||Cell: +27(0)79 393 3282|