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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74.8% 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
95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Ditsong National Museum Of Natural History
Huge bird section. Enjoyed the dinosaur fossils outside the building. The children loved the discovery centre. Parked on the street outside the museum. The Museum Restuarant had delicious food. Although go early before everything is sold out. The children enjoyed the visit.
Excellent museum full of great history and interesting information, but unfortunately the upkeep of the place isn't that well and the area it is in is very shady. There are a lot of thieves around and it's very dangerous to park your car there. The people also destroyed/vandalized some of the statues across the museum which had some historical significance. Overall it's worth the visit, just be careful.
What a awesome experience. It was relatively cheap to enter, R35 per adult and R20 per child. The displays were really good. All the birds you can think of. Good mammal display. Sea life display. Some dinosaurs where they show how evolution happened. There is a whole geology display room with all the gems and stones and rocks and minerals, each with a nice display story, there is an original piece of moon rock! Complete with a letter from USA president where they sent it to us after it was collected from the moon by the Apollo (x?) 😊 my daughter of 4 thoroughly enjoyed it. It was clean, and the staff was friendly. He restaurant was under construction. All in all I would say great experience. Glad we have such museums with such good standards
Nice walk through history. Especially with the cavemen miniature scenarios. A few displays not working as they should, but minimal.
Great museum on our doorstep. It's not in the league of the Natural history museum of London...... but smaller can be less overwhelming. We enjoy taking the kids here, some good exhibits and kind and engaged staff.