Transvaal Museum

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Transvaal Museum information

Pretoria , South Africa
Paul Kruger St
+27 12 322 7632
admission R20
Opening hours
8am-4pm Mon-Sun
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Opposite City Hall, this grand museum is a good place to go if you’re interested in natural history. Outside the building are the museum’s most impressive exhibits – giant replica skeletons of an enormous whale and a dinosaur. Inside you’ll find a series of fascinating exhibits including menacing reptile displays, the reconstructed jaws of a giant extinct shark, plenty of life-size mammal statues, and a rather creepy hall full of stuffed birds. The Insect Hall includes live displays of weed-eating grasshoppers and giant hissing cockroaches, and there’s a geological section with a collection of precious and semiprecious stones.

There’s plenty of interesting info to accompany the exhibits, and some fun button-pushing for the kids.