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Melrose House Museum (Pretoria)

Built in 1886 by the prosperous Pretoria businessman George Jesse Heys. It was named after the famous Melrose Abbey in Scotland.

Today the elegant mansion is a historic house museum. It is an example of the transition from Victorian to Edwardian architectural styles and interiors. The interior is characterised by colourful stained glass windows, paintings by English artists, carpets in rich colours, ornate ceilings and fireplaces, as well as valuable porcelain ornaments. The majority of these items belonged to the Heys family itself. Notably the museum contains the room and the table on which the Treaty of Vereeniging (which ended the Second Boer War) was signed.

 

Front side of the Melrose house, opposite Burgers Park in Pretoria.

Details from the oven in the kitchen of Melrose House, Pretoria.

Winter Garden in Melrose House, Pretoria.

The second floor in Melrose House, Pretoria.

Master bedroom in Melrose House, Pretoria.