South African Museum, Cape Town

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    South African Museum

    by GracesTrips Written Dec 20, 2012

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    I do enjoy visiting history museums when traveling abroad. You get a sense of where the culture comes from, how they have evolved as a country and appreciate the preservation of that history. The South African Museum was very enlightening offering exhibits from the past and present. We enjoyed it and highly recommend the visit.

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    South African Museum

    by cokes Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The South African Museum

    The South African Museum is a window on the world of natural history, showcasing the bounty of nature, both present and past. Exhibitions and dioramas display hundreds of different species – inhabitants of land, sea or air – enabling visitors to view, under a single roof, creatures as diverse as dinosaurs, mammals, coelacanths, bats or even the fossilized remains of species from 250 million years ago. In the popular Discovery Room, children can discover nature by touch, feel and interaction.

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    South African Museum - whale room

    by grets Written Jan 31, 2005

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    Whale skeleton

    This was by far the most interesting room for me. Skeletons, models, bones which you can walk in amongst, pictures and displays, but the most haunting part was the whale noise which is played out on loud speakers. Magical!

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    South African Museum - dioramas

    by grets Written Jan 31, 2005

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    San dioramas

    The museum has some startingly lifelike displays of San Bushmen communities, which were made from casts taken from live people in 1911. Dioramas show the way of life of the bushmen and traces their history.

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    South African Museum

    by grets Written Jan 31, 2005

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    Museum

    A really fascinating museum, and said to be the most interesting in South Africa. It is certainly the oldest and largest natural history museum in the country, dating from 1825. It is open from 10.00 to 17.00. Admission is free on Wednesdays.

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    South African Museum

    by mvtouring Written Apr 9, 2005

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    In Traditional fight dress

    A fanastic exhibition on the different cultures in South Africa, with info on diff rocks found here and many animals.

    Entrance with planetarium
    R20 per adult

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    South African Museum - stuffed animals

    by grets Written Jan 31, 2005

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    Stuffed penguins

    There are cases and cases of stuffed animals, such as these rockhopper penguins. Not all of the displays are indigenous (including the penguins).

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    South African Museum - rock art

    by grets Written Jan 31, 2005

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    San rock art

    San rock art dates back over 20,000 years, and the Linton panel is a well preserved example of what has been interpreted as trance experiments.

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