The South African Museum

South African Museum, Cape Town Museums, Cape Town

© Iziko Museums (Photo Carina Beyer)

The South African Museum is noted for its huge natural science and social history collections.

As a matter of fact, it houses more than one-and-a half million specimens of scientific importance that scientists have been adding to for more than 200 years.

Founded in 1825, the Museum moved to its present building in the historic Company's Garden in 1897.

South African Museum, Cape Town Museums, Cape Town

© Iziko Museums

The collections now range from fossils 700 million years old to insects and fish caught last week.

Some of the favourite exhibitions are soapstone objects from the Zimbabwe Ruins and lifelike reconstructions of fossils found in the Karoo.

South African Museum, Cape Town Museums, Cape Town

African Dinosaur Collection © Iziko Museums (Photo Carina Beyer)

Top Tip

Make time to visit the planetarium , which is housed in the same building.
Informative shows are given regularly which are enjoyed by both adults and children.

Useful Information

Open 10:00 - 17:00 daily
Closed Workers Day and Christmas Day


021 481 3800

25 Queen Victoria Street, Gardens, Cape Town

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