Ditsong National Museum Of Natural HistoryCurrently Closed
- Address: Paul Krugger Street, Pretoria, 0001, South Africa
- Timings: 08:00 am - 04:00 pm Details
- Phone: +27-123227632
- Ticket Price: 30 ZAR
- Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
- Tags: Educational Site, Family And Kids, Natural History Museums
Founded in 1892, the museum is a grand natural history preserve. You’re greeted at the door by two giant skeletons, one of a whale and the other of dinosaur. Tourists are usually fascinated by the comprehensive collection in the African Wildlife section. Some of the main attractions include the jaws of a great extinct shark, life sized animal statues, a stuffed bird gallery and the Insect Hall is of course a favourite with the children. The geological section displays precious and semi-precious stones and minerals. In recent times, the museum has come under some criticism for it’s deteriorating condition, and the odd smell that an old building might develop. Still, it’s an afternoon’s worth of odd fun. It’s the only museum in South Africa that fossil displays available to the public.
- Parking is small.
- Adult R30 p/p; Learners R15 p/p; SA Senior Citizens R10 p/p; Guided Tour for learner R20 p/p; Guided Tour for adults R35 p/p; Discovery Centre R20 p/p; Behind the scenes tour R50 p/p.
- Buses on Scheiding St
- King’s Pie
- Café Wien
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74.67% of people who visit Pretoria include Ditsong National Museum Of Natural History in their plan
11 AM - 12 PM
65.43% of people start their Ditsong National Museum Of Natural History visit around 11 AM - 12 PM
People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Ditsong National Museum Of Natural History
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Well preserved since the 80’s, but don’t expect anything new. The aircon wasn’t working when we went and it was said that it’s been broken for weeks already, so go early and avoid public holidays. We took our 2&4 year old kids and they enjoyed it thoroughly. I would go again with them in a few years. It was well worth our time.
Great place for a fun day outing. The exhibits are pretty run down though but if you don’t mind a bit of dust and outdated things or faults here and there, this museum is full of lovely wonders. From a bird hall with hundreds of beautiful stuffed birds, to the geological section full of beautiful gems and crystals, this classic museum has something for everyone.
Wide range of interesting artifacts but such a pity there is no maintenance done. Don't even care to replace several lights that have blown, so one can see the display properly. A bit of TLC will make a huge difference
Great, clean, but a bit stuck in the 70s/80s style of presentation. Plus lights were not working in some sections. All they need is some cool effects. Besides all that, kids love it especially the Mammalian and Birds sections. I would still go back.
I visited the museum yesterday for the first time in 20 years, absolutely nothing has changed. No new exhibitions and the same old dust gathering on the old displays. Our country's history is falling away due to lack of maintenance and care. It's disappointing and embarrassing. Get it together SA