The National Museum in Bloemfontein is a natural history, cultural history and art museum was established in 1877 and is a Declared Cultural Institution.
The Museum, and its satellite museums, provide professional research, conservation and educational services to a broad spectrum of the community, both scientific and non-scientific, at the local, national and international level.
The Museum currently includes 13 research departments (both Natural Sciences and Human Sciences), an Art Museum, Education Department, Information Services section / Library, an Administration section, and two technical departments. The Museum offers a comprehensive, curriculum-based Education Programme, with various activities during school terms.
Certain Museum displays are now also accessible to persons with disabilities braille, large format text, specially focused lighting, sound, as well as access to touching certain display material all enhancing the Museum experience for visitors with disabilities.
Unique displays include:
A cast of the 260 000 year-old Florisbad skull; the only relatively complete example in southern Africa of a pre-modern phase in human evolution.
The Malvern meteorite, possibly originating from Mars.
A life-size fibreglass replica of an adult elephant bull.
A Bloemfontein street scene from the early 1900s.
The largest selection of live animals on display in a South African museum.
The history of Bloemfontein/Mangaung (1846 2000).
The only complete skeleton (with skull) of the dinosaur Melanorosaurus that lived about 215 million years ago.
36 Aliwal Street, Bloemfontein
Open: 8am 5pm (Mon-Fri), 10am 5pm (Sat), 12pm 5.30pm (Sun)
Telephone: +27 51 447 9609
Fax: +27 51 447 6273