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Address: 36 Aliwal Street, Bloemfontein 9301, South Africa
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+27 51 447 9609
08:00 - 17:00
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Excavated fossils are among the many fascinating items at this natural...

Excavated fossils are among the many fascinating items at this natural history museum.

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Extremely interesting fossil trip

We went as a home school group. About 30 in total. Everything had been arranged ahead of time for a private tour. Our lovely "tour guide", very experienced in her field, told us... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Bloemfontein, South Africa
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Bloemfontein, South Africa
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We went as a home school group. About 30 in total. Everything had been arranged ahead of time for a private tour. Our lovely "tour guide", very experienced in her field, told us everything there was to know about the fossils. Where they had been found, by whom, how the it was cleaned, what it was and how old it... More 

Thank Harrishomeschool
Solihull, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 March 2017

The museum is an eclectic collection of animals, astronomy, local cultures, mining, birdlife and a bit more beside. Worth a visit.

Thank AdrianB144
Blackpool, United Kingdom
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111 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2017

The Museum is very good, a wide range of geology, zoology and history, especially the history of Bloemfontein, birthplace of both NP & ANC and the display on tribes and at on 5 ZAR (£0.35) is a snip. There is a cafe which looked good but was closed when we visited. Even if you don't do the Museum, call in... More 

Thank Simon C
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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26 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 January 2017

Enjoyed the very good exhibition exploring South Africa's and the Free State's rich history. Well maintained and definitely worth to visit when in Bloemfontein

Thank best-away-from-home
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 2017

This will easily takes up 3 hours of your time if you read all sign boards properly. Very interesting and gives you almost all history about South Africa

1 Thank Tommy L
Bloemfontein, Free State, South Africa
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Reviewed 20 December 2016 via mobile

The place is well managed and have a lot of surprising features, eg you can try for yourself to pick up an asteroid (remains of a shooting star) that fell in the area; the dinosaur -, space- and Bloemfontein town development exhibitians are also done extremingly well! Vibrant and fresh presentation,,,thanks!! :-)

Thank LiezelvZ
South Africa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 December 2016

Visited the museum recently and were so impressed with the way it is kept! Please allow more than an hour for the visit. They also have some interesting displays that are not open to all the public.

Thank BlommetjieBlommetjie
Douglas, South Africa
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11 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 18 October 2016

This is truly one of the best museums I have visited yet with a wide variety of exhibits and a wonderful design and layout

Thank beancaf2016
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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47 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 July 2016

I have visited this museum previously in my life and compared to other museums in South Africa and found it to be better than any other in this country. It is clean (as compared to the one in Pretoria) ans with soul (as compared to the one in Cape Town) and found the staff such a pleasure. Spend some time... More 

Thank John K
Centurion, Gauteng, South Africa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 July 2016

The displays are well designed, interesting and informative, covering a variety of topics and interests. I particularly enjoyed the paleontological, archaeological and ethnographic displays, as well as the mock-up of a section of a Bloemfontein street at about the turn of the 19th to 20th century, and the history of Batho black township. I did not visit the zoological displays... More 

Thank Anna B

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