Museums South Africa

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McGregor Museum
The McGregor Museum is a museum in Kimberley, South Africa. Cecil John Rhodes stayed in the building completed in 1897 during the South African War. It now houses a museum of South African natural and cultural history and has a number of important ethnological and archaeological displays, as well as some rock paintings.

Melrose House
Melrose House is a stately Victorian mansion located in Pretoria, South Africa. The house was built in 1886 by the prosperous Pretoria businessman George Jesse Heys. Today this elegant house is a museum that stands as a superb example of the transition of Victorian to Edwardian architectural styles and interiors. The interior is characterised by colourful stained glass windows, paintings by English artists, carpets in rich colours, ornate ceilings and fireplaces, as well as valuable porcelain ornaments. The majority of these items belonged to the Heys family itself.

Mapungubwe Museum
The Mapungubwe Museum houses the national treasures of Mapungubwe, South Africa, a 13th century Iron Age site in the Limpopo Valley and a World Heritage Site. Gold ornaments, ivory, bone, ceramic-ware, clay figurines, trade beads, iron and copper artifacts are on permanent display.

MTN Sciencentre
The MTN Sciencentre is a not-for-profit science centre in South Africa. It is based in the Western Cape, in the Canal Walk Shopping mall. It forms part of a wide range of non-classroom initatives to improve the quality of science understanding and science literacy in South Africa. More than a decade after the end of racially segregated education in South Africa, it was recently announced that the number of high school students with university-level qualifications in mathematics and science had dropped rather than improved.

Amathole Museum
Amathole Museum in King William's Town, Eastern Cape province of South Africa houses the second largest collection of mammals in South Africa and includes Huberta, the hippopotamus. The Xhosa Gallery, housed in the old post office building, concentrates on the cultural history of all tribes of the Xhosa nation. The history section has artefacts, documents and photographs of local interest dating back to the 19th Century. The Missionary Museum contains information on missionary endeavours in this area.

Bo-Kaap Museum
The museum, which dates back to the 1760s, is the oldest house in the area still in its original form. It highlights the cultural contribution made by early Muslim settlers, many of whom were skilled tailors, carpenters, shoe makers and builders. It contains 19th century furnishings which include a fine Cape drop-leaf dining table, Cape Regency-style chairs and a bridal chamber decorated to match the bride's dress.

CP Nel Museum
CP Nel Museum is an ostrich museum on 3 Baron van Rheede Street in the town of Oudtshoorn in South Africa. The building, formerly the Boys High School of Oudtshoorn, was designed in 1906 by a local architect Charles Bullock. Its green domed sandstone facade is considered one of the finest examples of stone masonry anywhere in South Africa. The school hall was designed in 1913 by J.E. Vixseboxse.

Iziko SA Museum
The Iziko SA Museum is one of South Africa's National Museums, located in Cape Town. It was created in 1825. The museum is organized on four levels and hosts a variety of exhibitions, from rock art to fossils, marine animals and meteorites.1

Kruger House
Kruger House is the historical Pretoria residence of the Boer leader and President of the South African Republic, Paul Kruger. It was built in 1884 by architect Tom Claridge and builder Charles Clark. Milk was used, instead of water, for mixing the cement from which the house was constructed, as the cement available was of poor quality. The Kruger House is now a house museum that tries to recreate the ambience of the period that Kruger lived in.


National English Literary Museum
The National English Literary Museum (NELM) houses extensive archival material relating to Southern African English Literature. It is located in Grahamstown. NELM has principally three collections: manuscripts, books and journals, and press clippings. The museum also conducts many outreach programmes (mainly focussed on school pupils and university students) aimed at promoting and creating awareness of South Africa's rich literary heritage.

Owl House
The Owl House is a national monument in Nieu-Bethesda, Eastern Cape, South Africa. The house itself was inherited by a woman named Helen Martins (b. December, 1897) after her parents had died (Martins was in Nieu-Bethesda to care for her ill mother). She committed suicide on August 8, 1976 by ingesting caustic soda, aged 78. The Owl House has since been kept intact as a museum per Helen Martins' wishes and is now managed by the Owl House Foundation (founded 1996). Athol Fugard published a play in 1985 about the house called The Road to Mecca which was later made into a film of the same name. The house was declared a provisional national monument in 1991.

Robben Island
Robben Island (Afrikaans Robbeneiland) is an island in Table Bay, 7-11 km off the coast from Cape Town, South Africa. Frederik Willem de Klerk initiated the removal of political prisoners in June of 1990, with the last gone by May of the following year. The last of the non-political prisoners (who had always been held separately from political prisoners) left the island in 1996, and it became a museum in 1997.

Transvaal Museum
The Transvaal Museum is a natural history museum situated in Pretoria, South Africa. It was founded as the Staatsmuseum (Afrikaans for "State Museum") of the ZAR on the 1 December 1892, and J. W. B. Gunning was appointed as first director. The Transvaal Museum curates large collectons of Plio-Pleistocene fossils, (including hominids from Sterkfontein, Swartkrans and Kromdraai in the Cradle of Humankind), as well as late Permian therapsids (mammal-like reptiles from the Karoo). In addition the museum holds very large collections of mammals, birds, reptiles, and invertebrates (especially lepidoptera and coleoptera). The current Director the Transvaal Museum is Dr Francis Thackeray.

Van Wouw Museum
The Van Wouw Museum, housed in Anton Van Wouw's last residence, a Dutch national monument. Besides documents, photos, paintings and tools the exhibits are mainly bronze maquettes and casts of Van Wouw's sculptural work.

Voortrekker Monument
The Voortrekker Monument is a monument situated in the city of Pretoria, South Africa. The massive granite structure, built to honour the Voortrekkers (Pioneers)[1] who left the Cape Colony in the thousands between 1835 and 1854, was designed by the architect Gerard Moerdijk who had the ideal to design a "monument that would stand a thousands of years to describe the history and the meaning of the Great Trek to its descendants"[2].

Waterworks Museum
The Waterworks Museum is located on the northern side of Table Mountain, between the Woodhead and Hely Hutchinson Reservoirs, in Cape Town, South Africa. The museum was founded in 1972 by Terence Timoney, a retired waterworks engineer. The museum houses a display of memorabilia from the construction of the dams on Table Mountain which include a beautifully restored narrow gauge steam engine. It has an interesting display of original equipment, hand tools, instruments and photographs and includes the original well-preserved steam locomotive used to haul equipment from the old cableway at Kasteelpoort.

Apartheid Museum
The Apartheid Museum is a museum complex in Johannesburg, South Africa dedicated to illustrating apartheid and the 20th century history of South Africa. It is owned by and located on the grounds of Gold Reef City, and opened in 2001.

Hector Pieterson Museum
The Hector Pieterson Museum is a large museum located in Orlando West, Soweto, South Africa, two blocks away from where Hector Pieterson was shot and killed. The museum is named in his honour. It became the first museum in Soweto when it opened in 16 June 2002. The total cost of the project was Rand 23.2 million, which was covered by a 16 million rand donation by the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism and 7.2 million rand donation from the Johannesburg City Council.

MuseuMAfricA is a historical museum in Johannesburg, South Africa. The museum was established in 1933, when the Johannesburg Public Library bought a large quantity of African material culture and books from John Gaspard Gubbins. From the mid-1930s, the museum's scope widened to include all aspects of African cultural history and material culture.

Nelson Mandela National Museum
The Nelson Mandela National Museum is one of the largest tourist attractions in Soweto, South Africa. It is a museum made out of the former house of Nelson Mandela, and is filled with his personal artifacts. Long-time residents of Soweto give tours, showing the various items that belonged to Mandela to visitors and explaining the facts and stories about them.

Albany Museum
The Albany Museum, located in Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape Province, was established in 1855 and is the second oldest museum in South Africa. It is a provincial museum funded by the Department of Sport Recreation Arts and Culture of the Eastern Cape government and is an affiliated research institute of Rhodes University. The Museum today consists of a family of seven buildings which includes the Natural Sciences Museum, the History Museum, the Observatory Museum, Fort Selwyn, the Old Provost military prison, Drostdy Arch and the Old Priest’s House which is leased to the National English Literary Museum.

Has a fine collection of railway memorabilia from the early days of steam locomotion. Kimberley was a main line terminus on the routes to and from Cape Town and the goldfields of the Transvaal.

Huguenot Memorial Museum
Welcome to the Huguenot Memorial Museum. We are situated in one of the truly most beautiful valleys in the world, Franschhoek, Western Cape, South Africa.

Anglo Boer War Museum
The War Museum in Bloemfontein does not only give the visitor insight into the Boer War through it`s unique art collection, dioramas and exhibits but also brings the visitor closer to understanding the background against which the war took place. The course and development of the war unfolds in front of the visitor as you progress through the museum. You are also afforded a glimpse into the life in the concentration and also prisoner-of-war camps.

National Museum
The Mission of the National Museum, Bloemfontein, is to promote an understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of our natural and cultural environment through high quality curation, conservation, research and education.

Natal Museum
The Natal Museum is full of interesting things, from Elephants to Birds to Zulu Pottery and San Rock Art. With 8 Natural History and as many as 10 Cultural History galleries, a visit to the Natal Museum is a great way to spend a day!

South African Air Force Museum
The Museum exists in a large part due to the efforts of the Volunteers. This organisation is called The Friends of the Museum, and this section will tell you how to join. When the SAAF held its 50th Anniversary celebrations in 1970, it had little material evidence to reflect on a rich aviation past which included participation in both World Wars, the Berlin Airlift and the Korean War. It was at this stage that the War Museum (later to be called the South African National War Museum) was rejecting numerous historical aircraft due to a severe lack of storage space. the situation was so bad that the War Museum disposed of its rare Tutor, Wapiti and Fury, later disposing of a Ju-52/3m and a Ju-88 which had fell into a state disrepair while stored outdoors.

Stellenbosch Village Museum
The Stellenbosch Village Museum currently comprises of four houses of historical interest and their gardens. Each of these beautiful homes represents a different period in the architectural development of Stellenbosch. The houses, their interiors and their gardens have been wonderfully restored, furnished, planted and decorated to illustrate the particular style and taste of the time. Below is some more information on each of the houses in the Stellenbosch Village Museum complex.

Pretoria Art Museum
The first public art collection in this country was started in 1872 with artworks meant for a South African National Gallery in Cape Town, which was authorised by Parliament in 1895. A building to house the collection only followed in 1930, almost three decades after the Durban City Hall complex was completed to provide a home for their municipal art collection.

Mmuseum of Anthropology and Archaeology
The museum, which was established by Mr HF Sentker in the De Doorns building in 1957, has grown to accommodate expanding collections and to cater for growing student numbers. It is presently located on the 4th floor of the Theo van Wijk building on the UNISA campus on Muckleneuk Ridge. The collection now boasts some 27 000 objects, the direct result of years of dedicated work by lecturers and museum personnel.

Gold of Afirca Museum
The museum is home to a collection of 350 West African artefacts as well as objects from the ancient gold civilisations of southern Africa.

Irma Stern Museum
Irma Stern (1894-1966), a major South African artist who achieved national and international recognition in her lifetime. The permanent collection on display shows Irma Stern?s development as an artist whose subject matter included exotic figures, portraits, lush landscapes and still lifes conveyed in a variety of media, ranging from oils and water colours to gouache and charcoal.

District Six Museum
The District Six Museum, established in December 1994, works with the memories of these experiences and with the history of forced removals more generally. District Six was named the Sixth Municipal District of Cape Town in 1867. Originally established as a mixed community of freed slaves, merchants, artisans, labourers and immigrants, District Six was a vibrant centre with close links to the city and the port. By the beginning of the twentieth century, however, the history of removals and marginalisation had begun.

Drostdy Museum a Cape Dutch
An outstanding museum complex set around unique Cape Dutch Buildings, showing life at the Cape since the founding of the town in 1745.

Fred Turner folk and culture museum
The culture and historical way of life of the "Trek Farmers" of Namaqualand (also known as Bushmanland or Hantam) is displayed in this museum which is housed in the old school adjacent to the Windmill display (which is in what was the school playground). More than 1000 items are on display, including a trek wagon, equipped tent, kook skerm and a horse mill.

Windmill Museum
The late Dr Walton, a British born Capetonian was well known for his interest in different aspects of conservation, including the conservation of water-pumping windmills or windpumps. He wrote a book on this subject with the late Mr André Pretorius ("Windpumps in South Africa", published by Human and Rousseau in 1998 but currently out of print). In order to share this collected knowledge with a wider audience, he invited potentially interested organisations and places to start a windpump museum.

Hout Bay Museum
Hout Bay Museum is a museum on Andrews Road in Hout Bay near Cape Town, South Africa. The museum has displays on the history of the Hout Bay valley and its people, focusing on forestry, mining, and the fishing industry up to modern times. The museum also organizes weekly guided nature walks into the surrounding mountains.