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The National Museum, Bloemfontein

The National Museum in Bloemfontein is well worth a visit for its excellent exhibitions and displays, covering natural history, cultural history and heritage and art – relating to the Free State and South and Southern Africa.

The Museum was established in the late 1800’s with small collections of ‘objet’ from around the world, but has since developed into treasure trove of South African Heritage and History under the curatorship of the South African Department of Arts and Culture.

The Museum is a Declared Cultural Institution, its ‘Mission’ to “provide heritage resources and an enjoyable experience to all people through quality research, conservation, education and exhibitions.”

Study, display and research disciplines include paleontology, archeology, natural history, including the study of fauna, insects and flora, and local and Southern African human heritage and tribes. From fossils to African art, the National Museum offers something for everyone.

There are extensive research facilities and a library.

Guided tours are offered, and there are facilities for the blind and disabled. There is also a tea room.

The National Museum has three ‘satellite museums’ in Bloemfontein exhibiting the heritage of Bloemfontein. Guided tours to these museums can also be arranged.

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Getting there: The National Museum is located on Aliwal Street, Central Bloemfontein.

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