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South African Museum

Venue:25 Queen Victoria Street
Cape Town
Cost:Visitors 16 years and older: R15 Under 16 years free South African pensioners, school learners and students: R5 Free entrance on selected commemorative days.
Doors Open:10h00
  • For every object on exhibition at the South Museum, there are thousands more carefully stored away. The Museum houses more than one and a half million specimens of scientific importance. 
  • For nearly 200 years scientists at the Museum have been adding to these collections and studying them. 
  • The collections now range from fossils almost 700 million years old to insects and fish caught last week. There are also stone tools made by people 120 000 years ago, traditional clothes from the last century, and T-shirts printed yesterday. 

The South African Museum was founded in 1825. In 1897 the Museum moved to its present building in the historic Company's Garden. Since then millions of visitors have wandered its halls and corridors to be stimulated and inspired by its collections and exhibitions. They have left the Museum with a better understanding of the earth and its biological and cultural diversity, past and present.