South African Museum
South African Planetarium
The displays and star shows at the Planetarium, attached to the South African Museum, unravel the mysteries of the southern hemisphere’s...
Delville Wood Memorial
This monument was built to honour the 2000-plus South African soldiers who fell during a five-day WWI battle. The ensemble’s elements...
This 75-seater venue is the pick of the three stages that can be found at the University of Cape Town’s drama department. Read the...
Dine in the courtyard garden for Table Mountain views, or in the atmospheric, brick-walled and wine-rack-covered interior. The unfussy...
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South African Museum information
South Africa’s oldest museum may be showing its age, but it does contain a wide and often intriguing series of exhibitions, many on the country’s natural history. The best galleries are the newest, showcasing the art and culture of the area’s first peoples, the Khoekhoen and San, and including the famous Linton Panel, an amazing example of San rock art. There’s an extraordinary delicacy to the paintings, particularly the ones of graceful elands.
Also worth looking out for are the the terracotta Lydenburg Heads, the earliest-known examples of African sculpture (AD 500–700) in the African Cultures Gallery; a 2m-wide nest – a veritable avian apartment block – of the sociable weaver bird, in the Wonders of Nature Gallery; and the atmospheric Whale Well, hung with giant whale skeletons and models and resounding with taped recordings of their calls.