Museums In South Africa


South Africa, home to the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage site, has a rich social and cultural history dating back to the word’s earliest human settlements.More than 300 museums all over the country reflect this heritage in a range of places – from elegant 18th century homes to caves in majestic mountain ranges, cultural villages in rural settings to state-of-the-art buildings in major cities.Visitors can find exhibits both conventional and eccentric on every conceivable topic – from beer to beadwork, from fashion to food.New additions are those reflecting the apartheid era, and commemorating those who fought and died in the cause of establishing a democratic country.The flagships of these cultural sites are the country’s national museums:

  • South African Museum – Cape Town
  • Robben Island Museum – Cape Town
  • National Museum – Bloemfontein
  • Anglo-Boer War Museum – Bloemfontein
  • Ditsong National National Museum of Culutural History – Pretoria
  • Ditsong Museum of Natural History – Pretoria
  • Ditsong National Museum of Military History – Johannesburg
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Here’s a taste of what’s available in each of South Africa’s nine provinces:

South African museum listings

  • Museums: Eastern Cape
  • Museums: Free State
  • Museums: Gauteng
  • Museums: KwaZulu-Natal
  • Museums: Limpopo
  • Museums: Mpumalanga
  • Museums: Northern Cape
  • Museums: North West
  • Museums: Western Cape

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