Museums, Art Galleries and Botanical Gardens

ID #1410

Transvaal Museum, Pretoria, Northern Gauteng.

One can see a great variety of animals, birds, mammals, reptiles, vertebrates and invertebrates. Although one expects to find stuffed animals here, a variety of live animals such as snakes, spiders, scorpions and insects are on show.  A collection of fossils depicts the historical past of some of the animals on display. Illustrated talks give visitors a clear understanding of nature.  A visit to the large library is only a phone call away. There is a cafeteria as well as the museum shop.

o Genesis of Life I and II. The history of life on earth is depicted in these two halls. Starting with single celled organisms, the visitor is taken on a journey through the development of the animal kingdom up to early man that features prominently in the second hall.
o Bird Hall. On the mezzanine floor there is a display of South African birds, numerically arranged according to Robert’s Birds of South Africa. Information about the feeding, reproduction, behaviour and motion of birds is displayed at ground level. The display is enhanced by electronically reproduced bird sounds.
o Geoscience Museum. The museum exhibits a comprehensive collection of minerals, precious and semi-precious stones.
o Science Magic Shows. The museum has formed a partnership with a scientist who performs these shows on a regular basis. Principles of chemistry and physics are illustrated using everyday objects to make these subjects more enjoyable and understandable.
o Night Adventures. Groups can stay in the museum overnight while participating in programmes. These are aimed at older children who have progressed to self-study and who enjoy discovering aspects of nature for themselves.

Visiting hours: Monday to Saturday 09h00 through 17h00. Sundays 11h00 through 17h00. Closed on Good Friday and Christmas Day. Paul Kruger Street (opposite City Hall), Pretoria. ADTransmus

Contct:  +27 (12) 322 7632 telephone
+27 (12) 32 7939 fax


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