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Bring the kids along to visit the Ditsong Museum of Natural History in central Pretoria. You’ll discover a world of heritage, history and unique treasures at this prestigious museum. 

About The Ditsong Organisation

The Ditsong Organisation is an amalgamation of eight museums situated around Gauteng. The most prestigious of these museums is the Ditsong Museum of Natural History. Formerly known as the Transvaal Museum, this national heritage site was established in 1892! The museum now acts as the custodian and documentation centre of South Africa’s national heritage.

If you’ve always wanted to learn more about the country’s vibrant past, take a trip to the Ditsong Museum of Natural History as soon as possible. It’s also a wonderful spot to bring the little ones during school holidays. Here’s what you can expect to find when you visit the museum:

Ditsong Museum

Fossils Galore  

The Ditsong Museum of Natural History is the only natural history museum in Gauteng. It is also one of the largest of its kind in South Africa. The museum is home to a variety of collections and exhibits. Come and marvel at their displays of hominid fossils from the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site. These displays include the famous Mrs Ples, skeletons, skins and mounted specimens of amphibians, fish, invertebrates, reptiles and mammals. It’s an archeologists’ paradise.

What sets the Ditsong Museum of Natural History apart from others is these collections. It is one of the only museums to offer the public such a close look at original fossil material. So, make your way here as soon as you can to avoid missing out.

Educational Programmes

The museum runs a number of educational programmes for schools, students, and tourists. These programmes are based on the various exhibits and collections at the museum and are aligned with the South African school syllabus. The museum offers these programmes in various South African languages as well, making them accessible to one and all.

Part of the museum’s educational programme is a sensory expedition through the Discovery Centre. Curious young minds are encouraged to use their five senses to explore the wonders of nature. The Discovery Centre is wheelchair friendly and all display texts are transcribed in Braille. Inclusion is at the heart of the Ditsong experience. So, what are you waiting for? Book a tour now.

Public Events

The Ditsong Museum of Natural History hosts public lectures, talks, workshops and events throughout the year. Visit and engage with experts in the fields of history and archeology at one of these events.

Or, simply enjoy a day out at the museum filled with fun and learning. You can stay up to date with their events schedule by following them on Facebook.

Admission Fees

  • Adults: Self tour: R50 per person
  • Children: Self tour: R25 per person
  • Pensioners: Self tour: R25 per person
  • Special Guided Tours: Night Tours: R160 per person

Click here for more information about admission fees to the museum.

For More Information 

Visit the museum’s website for more information about entrance fees, events and exhibits.

You can also contact The Ditsong Museum of Natural History by calling 012 492 5708 or emailing info@ditsong.org.za.

Follow the DITSONG Museums Of South Africa on Facebook and Instagram for the latest news, information, exhibits, offers, special tours, events and more.

Operating hours: Monday to Sunday: 07:30 to 16:00

Address: 432 Paul Kruger Street, Pretoria CBD.

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