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The National Museum, Bloemfontein

Free State, South Africa

Dating back to 1877, the National Museum has developed into an institution of international stature. Intensive research is carried out in the natural and human sciences, and valuable collections have been established. Through its displays and educational programmes, the Museum renders a service to all, engaging them in enjoyable and enlightening experiences and enriching learning opportunities. Certain displays are accessible to persons with disabilities with large-format text, specially focused lighting, Braille plates and sound. Unique displays include the only complete skeleton of the dinosaur Melanorosaurus that lived about 215 million years ago, live displays, the history of Bloemfontein/Mangaung (1846-2000), an early1900s Bloemfontein street scene, as well as a Batho township scene. Satellite museums: First Raadsaal [&] Wagon; Florisbad Quaternary Research Station; Freshford House; Oliewenhuis.

Contact Details:

051 447 9609


36 Aliwal Street, Bloemfontein

Opening & Closing Times:

8am-5pm (Mon-Fri); 10am-5pm (Sat); 12pm-5pm (Sun,Public Holidays).
Closed on Good Friday and Christmas Day.