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Sammy Marks Museum

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15km from Pretoria

-25.7505, 28.3803


+27 12 755 9541


The Sammy Marks Museum, east of Pretoria, is a heritage site that preserves the legacy of Lithuanian-born entrepreneur, Samuel Marks (1843 – 1920). Zwartkoppies Hall, the Marks family residence, is a grand Victorian mansion. It showcases original and perfectly preserved interiors, and furniture and personal effects belonging to the Marks family.

Samuel, or Sammy as most people knew him, arrived in South Africa in 1868. He earned his living as a peddler before departing for the Kimberley Diamond fields. Here he began trading in diamonds with his cousin Isaac Lewis. In time, the ambitious pair diversified their interests, expanding into coal, steel and manufacturing. Between 1844 and 1920, the Marks played a leading role in the mining, industrial and agricultural development of the former Transvaal.

The museum has a park-like setting where, after a tour of the stately home, visitors can enjoy tea and scones. There are views of Sammy’s wife Bertha’s rose garden. One can picnic beneath the trees, and the on-site chapel is a favourite spot for weddings.

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