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The more than 300 museums all over South Africa reflect the rich heritage in a range of places - from elegant 18th century homes to caves in majestic mountain ranges, cultural villages in rural settings to state-of-the-art buildings in major cities.

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Adler Museum of Medicine

Gauteng, Johannesburg

The Museum`s role is to collect and preserve for posterity all material that would illustrate the History of medicine in general and of South Africa in particular.

AECI Dynamite Factory Museum

Gauteng, Kempton Park

The AECI Dynamite Factory Museum, housed in the 1895 residence of a mining official, records the history of explosives, with particular emphasis on their use in the mining industry

Afrikaans Language Monument

Western Cape, Paarl

This unique language originated from the Dutch spoken by the first settlers. It was later evolved by people such as the Khoikoi and the slaves from other countries. The Afrikaans Language Museum and Monument celebrates this unique language.

Albany Museum-Grahamstown

Eastern Cape, Grahamstown

The Albany Museum was established in 1855 and is the second oldest museum in South Africa. The original Albany Museum was established by the Graham's Town medical-Chirurgical Society (later the Literary, Scientific and medical Society).

Albertinia Museum

Western Cape, Albertinia

The Cultural Historical Museum in Albertinia portrays the history of the town and environment by giving the visitor a deeper insight to the earlier lives of the people and the progress made over the years.

Anglo-Boer War Museum

Free State, Bloemfontein

One of the most significant events in the history of South Africa was the Anglo-Boer War of 1899-1902. Although the protagonists were Britain and the two Boer Republics, the population of South Africa as a whole became embroiled in the war either directly


Western Cape, Oudtshoorn

The house once occupied by C. J. Langenhoven, a lawyer who came to Oudtshoorn in 1899 and composed the South African national anthem here, is now a museum.

Barkly East Museum

Eastern Cape, Barkly East

The Barkly East museum exhibits the cultural history of the town.

Bartholomeu Dias Museum Complex

Eastern Cape, Port Elizabeth

In the grounds of the Dias Museum Complex are four mountain tortoises, ducks and two museum cats.


Eastern Cape, Port Elizabeth

Bayworld offers a variety of live animal displays, including dolphins, seals, penguins, fish, snakes and crocodiles

Bergtheil Local History Museum

Kwazulu Natal, Durban

The exhibits centre on the first German settlers that Jonas Bergtheil brought to Natal as Director of the Natal Cotton Company, and their contribution to the, Settlement of Westville, Cleremont and New Germany.

Bethal Museum

Mpumalanga, Bethal

When visiting the lovely town of Bethal, do not miss the Bethal Museum.

Bo-Kaap Museum

Western Cape, Cape Town

One of the oldest houses in a vibrant "Malay Quarter", exhibiting the style of life of a Cape Muslim family of the late 19th century.

Britstown Museum

Northern Cape, Britstown

The traveller interested in the history of the town will find the Britstown Museum at the old Holy Trinity Church in Market Street appealing.

Caledon River Museum

Free State, Smithfield

Exhibits at the Caledon River Museum include a display in memory of General Christiaan de Wet (1854-1922), an 18th century kitchen and the wool washery dating back to 1866.

Cape Town Holocaust Centre

Western Cape, Cape Town

The Cape Town Holocaust Centre, the first Holocaust Centre in Africa, opened in 1999. The Centre houses a permanent exhibition, and conducts educational programmes for schools, educators and diverse adult groups.

Carnarvon Museum & Corbelled House

Northern Cape, Carnarvon

For the lover of old-style architecture, Carnarvon is a jewel case to discover. Some of the houses were built in the 1840s.

Carnegie Art Gallery

Kwazulu Natal, Newcastle

The Carnegie Art Gallery, is a public Art Museum situated in the CBD of Newcastle, adjacent to the Municipal Gardens.

Claude Malan Museum

Gauteng, Pretoria

This collector's showroom and museum is a haven for historians and collectors alike. Books, art, diamonds, gold & silver, porcelain, dolls and much more.

Comrades Marathon House

Kwazulu Natal, Pietermaritzburg

Legends and legacies are exhibited at the museum which has a collection of personal marathon mementoes donated by former competitors.

Correctional Service Museum

Gauteng, Pretoria

The Correctional Services Museum portrays the history of the Department of Correctional Services.

CP Nel Museum

Western Cape, Oudtshoorn

The CP Nel Museum is a cultural museum. It was established with the purpose of collecting, preserving and exhibiting articles of local historical interest. The purpose today includes the cultural history of the Klein Karoo region.

Cultural Centre

Kwazulu Natal, Ladysmith

You will find several permanent displays in the Cultural Centre, a township shack, a tribute to the Drakensberg boys` choir as well as the Grammy Award winning Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

Ditsong National Cultural History Museum

Gauteng, Pretoria

The Ditsong National Cultural History Museum is a cultural museum dedicated to the preservation and communication of the culture and heritage of all South Africans. It has access to a collection of about three million objects.

Edoardo Villa Museum

Gauteng, Pretoria

The Edoardo Villa Museum presently houses the largest single collection of works by this artist and presents a broad overview of his work between 1943 and 2004.

Empangeni Art and Cultural Museum

Kwazulu Natal, Empangeni

The museum is truly a meeting place of the diverse cultures of the region. The purpose of the Museum is to study, preserve and collect objects of artistic, cultural and historic value in our region for the information and education of our inhabitants and


Western Cape, Greyton

The oldest mission station on the continent of Africa, was one of the most progressive communities at the Cape during the 19th century.

Gold of Africa Museum

Western Cape, Cape Town

The Gold of Africa Museum was established by AngloGold Ashanti as part of its program to preserve the artistry of African goldsmithing and to inspire modern gold jewellery design.

Huguenot Museum

Western Cape, Franschhoek

The theme of the Huguenot Museum in Franschhoek is the history of the Huguenots before and after their arrival at the Cape of Good Hope.

Kimberley Mine Museum

Northern Cape, Kimberley

Retrace the lives of the rough-and-ready diggers who made it all happen. Or experience life in Kimberley as it must have been during the diamond-rush days when races, lotteries, pubs and ballrooms made the town a very bright place indeed.

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