Founded in 1825, the Iziko South African Museum was the first one in the country. It’s mission is to educate visitors on cultural and biological diversity through exhibitions ranging in theme from 120,000 year old fossils to Wildlife Photographer of the Year. Iziko’s exhibitions are popular for doubling as art installations, as one of it’s prime attractions is a sound booth where one can listen to the otherworldly singing of whales, as well as the world-famous Linton Panel, a frame of rock art from the African Renaissance and an architectural wonder of the world.
The South African Museum houses more than one and a half million specimens of scientific importance. The collections now range from fossils almost 700-million years old to insects and fish caught last week. There are also stone tools made by people 120 000 years ago, traditional clothes from the last century, and T-shirts printed yesterday.
In 1897 the Museum moved to its present building in the historic Company’s Garden. Since then millions of visitors have wandered its halls and corridors to be stimulated and inspired by its collections and exhibitions. They have left the Museum with a better understanding of the earth and its biological and cultural diversity, past and present.
- Virtual Earth
- Darwin and the Cape
- African Dinosaurs
- Wonders of Nature
- Whale Well
- Our Place in the Universe
- Stone Bones of the Ancient Karoo
- The Boonstra Dioramas
- The Giant Squid: Architeuthis
- Norfolk Island Pine
- Marine Exhibits
Cost: Adults (19 years and older) R20; Students and SA Pensioners: R10; Free for visitors 18 years and under, free entrance on selected commemorative days