The house itself was built as a prefabricated wood and iron officers’ mess in Britain, then used in India by the British Army, and then sent to South Africa. Here it was bought by Smuts in 1908, where he re-erected it on his farm in Irene. From 1909 the Smuts family moved into the house and the rest is history.
The house functions as a museum that is run by the Friends of General Smuts Foundation. Due to this, it has kept its original furnishings. Some rooms are set aside for photographic displays, stories, busts, portraits and mementos of the life and times of the ‘Oubaas’. The unpretentious building illustrates Smuts’s indifference to luxury and ease of living, and perfectly portrays the place where he spent the happiest hours of his life.The Smuts House has also recently added ‘Art at Smuts House’ as well as markets on the weekends.
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Set in the midst of Doornkloof in Irene is the place that Former Prime Minister and General Jan Christiaan Smuts called home for over 40 years. Today it is known as the Smuts Museum.