The South African Museum, established in 1825 by Lord Charles Somerset, is the oldest and largest museum on the sub-continent. A landmark in the historic Company’s Garden, the Museum is housed in an elegant late-Victorian building which was opened in the 1880’s and has been enlarged with modern extensions and now forms part of the of Iziko Museums of Cape Town.
Over 400 000 individuals visit the museum each year, to view the wide selection of natural history and anthropological objects that document all forms of life, living and extinct, from Southern Africa. The South African Museum houses more than one and a half million specimens of scientific importance. The collections now range from fossils almost 700-million years old to insects and fish caught last week. There are also stone tools made by people 120 000 years ago, traditional clothes from the last century, and T-shirts printed yesterday.
The museum is both an educational and research institution, with students and scientist from all over the world researching and adding to their wide collection of historic and scientific artifacts.
Closed on Workers Day and Christmas Day