SA Museum and Planetarium, Cape Town

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    Oldest Museum in South Africa

    by spocklogic Updated Sep 6, 2013

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    The South African museum was founded in 1825, making it the oldest in South Africa and one of the oldest in sub Saharan Africa. Primarily a museum of natural history with an emphasis on biology and anthropology, it also has some displays covering the cultural heritage of indigenous African peoples. There is also a display covering some astronomy along with a planetarium. The diverse range of exhibitions is distributed on 4 levels with an open area in the center (the Whale Well) displaying casts of whale skeletons that can be seen from all levels. Some of the permanent collections are named: African Dinosaurs, Darwin and the Cape, Marine Exhibits, Our Place in the Universe, The Power of Rock Art, Wonders of Nature and Virtual Earth, among others. For a complete list and description see the museum website.

    I found the Darwin Trail, covering Charles Darwin's visit to the cape of Africa aboard the HMS Beagle in 1836, particularly interesting, extensive and well documented. This was the last area the HMS Beagle stopped before returning home to England after the 5 year journey. Most people are familiar with Darwin's time in the Galapagos, but his visit to the cape of Africa is another fascinating chapter in the voyage of the Beagle. The rock art gallery is intriguing as well, displaying specimens of ancient rock paintings of red ochre on stone found throughout the region that were made by Bushmen (also known as San people) thousands of years ago. It's a tribute to the artistry, creativity and cultural heritage of South Africa's indigenous people, of which little is known. Especially interesting and though provoking in the post Apartheid era.

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    SA Museum and Planetarium

    by bijo69 Written May 24, 2007

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    The SA museum and the planetarium are joined together in one place. I went to see a great show about the Southern skies and how to identify some stellar constellations and afterwards had a look around the museum.
    There's quite a large and interesting collection about the marine life (whale skeletons etc) of South Africa, a samples of rock paintings and more collections (which I missed...).
    The museum is open from 10am to 5am, admission for the planeterium and museum is 20 Rand.

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    South Africa Museum

    by Jim_Eliason Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This museum is devoted mostly to Geology, Zoology and Antropology. The highlight in this museum is the whale well.

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