Museums, Art Galleries and Botanical Gardens

ID #3778

South African Museum, Cape Town, Cape Peninsula, Western Cape.

Run your fingers over a 70-million year old fossil.  Touch Stone Age tools, a green turtle and a camel skeleton in the Discovery Room. Shudder to discover that these massive animals grazed the Karoo 200 million years before sheep got there. Wonder at some of the finest examples of rock art (Bushman, Bushmen paintings) in the world, such as the Linton Paintings, that depict San trance experiences.  Sigh to learn that an extinct quagga foal, alive some time before 1860, is now the only specimen of its kind in Africa.  Plunge into our Whale Well – four storeys high and filled with real whale skeletons.  Marvel at the universe in the planetarium.  Meet one of the Cape’s earliest beach-goers. Head back 1500 years to a time when mysterious earthenware heads (the Lydenburg Heads) were created. Features:

• Open daily between 10h00 and 17h00 except Christmas Day and Good Friday.
• Entrance is free on Wednesdays.
• Museum shop
• Museum café

#25 Queen Victoria Street, Cape Town.  Close to the Houses of Parliament, St Georges Cathedral and the Botanical Gardens. Free parking for museum visitors via the entrance in Queen Victoria Street. BCSouth

Contct:   +27 (21) 24 3330 telephone
+27 (21) 24 6716 fax



attached files: Skeleton of Blue Whale.jpg, Linton Paintings.jpg, Lydenburg Heads.jpg, Patagonian Toothfish.jpg, Coelacanth.jpg, Museum Entrance.jpg

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