During President Kruger’s term of office 1883-1902, European countries such as France, Germany and Russia were in conflict with Britain. When war broke out in South Africa between 1899 and 1902, no world power dared to intervene in the conflict between the Boers and Britain.
However, thousands of tributes to Kruger and the Boers poured in during the war from many parts of the globe. The majority later found their way to the Transvaal museum, and then to the National Cultural History Museum.
The collection on display in the West Hall includes many tributes of value, addresses, pictures, poems, medals, musical compositions, sketches, letters, albums, books and newspapers. They originated from countries as diverse as the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, France, Ireland, the USA, Israel, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Russia and Spain. All in all, the National Cultural History Museum houses more than 1 000 examples of this kind of Krugeriana and tokens of honour to the Boers.