The National Museum

The National Museum, Bloemfontein: Hours, Address, The National Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

The National Museum
4.5
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 5:30 PM
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Excavated fossils are among the many fascinating items at this natural history museum.
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Derek
Toronto, Canada8 contributions
Outstanding museum, Nr 1 in South Africa!
Jan 2021
Wonderful museum to visit. World class. Must see. It showcase all the aspects that you expect to see: very educational with excellent displays. For sure the number 1 attraction in Bloemfontein.
Written 10 February 2021
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Janavdv
Pretoria, South Africa119 contributions
Value for money. A must see.
Oct 2020 • Family
There are a lot of different things to see in the museum. We enjoyed it a lot. Money well spent. Staff is very friendly.
Written 23 October 2020
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Iolanda Guerra e Andrade
Lisbon, Portugal1 703 contributions
Interesting ...
Feb 2020
I found the Museum to be interesting particularly because the gallery dedicated to the reconstruction of a 19th century street in Bloemfontein provided the visitors with an insight as to what the city might have been like in the past. I also found some of the paintings on display to be quite good.
Written 26 May 2020
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Aeronaut65
Copenhagen, Denmark1 473 contributions
Great
Feb 2020
Meet the big five and many other stuffed animals. get to see a recontructed street from the 1900 of how the Boers lived. And get introduced to Africas native clans. Highly recommended.
Written 23 February 2020
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Scottsbluf31 contributions
A bit disappointing..
Dec 2019
Love the museum and over the years have made several visits. Unfortunelty over the years upkeep not always priority. Gift shop closed- big disappointment. Old street and animal exhibits bits always very nice. A lot of updates in the local history. Wish the museum received more funding in order to update all the exhibits.
Written 30 December 2019
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jill464
Cape Town, South Africa17 contributions
Fascinating
Oct 2019
Immense care is taken with the exhibits. It is always most interesting to visit. The staff are friendly and a pleasure to talk to.
Written 12 October 2019
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Prasidh R
Milnerton, South Africa61 contributions
Travel through past, present and future - must visit!
Jun 2019 • Solo
Late start to the Saturday and I could not get to the Boeremark (another must do in Bloem, I was told), so I decided to visit the National Museum - I was not disappointed!

Seeing that the last time, I have ever been to a museum was when I was in high school (the 90’s!), I was pleasantly surprised! The entrance fee is R10 (about $1) for adults and R5 for kids. On Saturdays, operating hours are from 10am-5pm.

There is a left wing, right wing (both downstairs) and a collection upstairs - the choice is entirely up to you.
I would suggest going:
- left wing (natural history of the planet, solar system, dinosaurs, arrival of man, minerals etc) then
- upstairs wing (some large mammals, bird gallery, history of South Africa, the Batho people indignenous to this area and walk through early 19th century Bloemfontein) and - then the right wing (modern history, the work of the museum, recreation of an actual archaeological dig site, history of South African tribes, large cats and reptiles).

The walk through early Bloemfontein is a detailed recreation of the shops, stores, apothecary, blacksmith, dressmakers with lifelike models, sounds and music of that bygone era.

The museum is a fascinating travel through our past, present and our future and a big credit to the staff on such a well kept collection. Highly recommended for families, small groups or individual tourists - budget about 2-2.5 hours to see the entire collection.

There are snack vending machines on the ground floor with a small coffee shop on the premises but was closed on the Saturday that I visited. If you are feeling peckish after the Museum, there is the Loch Logan Waterfront less than 1km away from the Museum and a McDonalds even closer.
Written 8 July 2019
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FabGlobetrotter03
New York City, NY1 243 contributions
Worth another Visit 😊
Dec 2018 • Family
I did not know what to expect of this museum but I was pleasantly surprised. I really loved it because it has a lot of life size sculptures, displays and some painting that inform you of the history of the entire Southern African tribes and Bloemfontein too. We got a guide who explained the exhibitions to us. I am a history buff so I was really happy. I cannot wait to return.
Written 4 January 2019
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Candice Breetzke
Pretoria, South Africa54 contributions
Great history
Oct 2018 • Family
We really enjoyed our time at the museum. When we walked in we thought it wouldn’t be great but we were surprised by a lot of interesting displays! Certainly worth the visit
Written 6 October 2018
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cmx51
Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany109 contributions
Must see
Aug 2018 • Solo
In my opinion the best thing to do in Bloemfontein. Entrance fee is extremely cheap but what u get to see I found amazing, especially the archeological excavations from millions of years ago I found fascinating. In the first floor you can walk through Bloemfontein the way it was a hundred years ago. Very well done!
Written 25 August 2018
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The National Museum is open:
  • Sun - Sun 12:00 - 17:30
  • Mon - Fri 08:00 - 17:00
  • Sat - Sat 10:00 - 17:00