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Maropeng Visitor Centre
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a must visit (buy a combined ticket to include the Sterkfontein Caves) if you are in the Jo’berg area. A hugely informative guide to the evolution of man and the spread of our species across the globe. It is educational but always presented in a way to appeal to all in the family with good use of multi media.

When we visited the Gallery exhibition was of the Hominin Naledi only discovered nearby in 2013 and not properly described until 2015. It was amazing to learn the story of their discovery and see the very bones laid out before us.

The wider story is of the importance of the area (a world heritage site) to our understanding of human evolution and how man has shaped and continues to shape the world around him. Always presented in an educational but also easy to understand manner.

All in all excellent entertainment for everyone.

Thank Barr_jm
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Maropeng is interesting if you’re interested in seeing the fossils (little foot, homo naledi etc), it’s much better for little children but there is a lot of reading involved. The boat ride is very cool (about 5 mins long). There are discounts for school groups, university students and pensioners. There is also a playground outside for the children.

Thank Erin M
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Reviewed 18 October 2017

Complimentary to a cave tour. This is an extensive information display on the origins of mankind. Excellent for both adults and children alike. The water trip was fun but I'm not sure how much information it contributed.

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Reviewed 16 October 2017 via mobile

After the wrist band-style ticket purchase at the nearby ‘market’ one gains access in the form of a group tour. Be prepared for a queue before entering the actual exhibit. There is information to keep one ‘amused’ along the way. I was surprised to read a warning sign detailing ‘some water and mist’ to come as the start of the experience entails an amusement park style ‘ride’ through a representation of water, air, fire and earth. Well, we were unceremoniously soaked by a deluge of water that left us shivering and looking like drowned rats for the rest of the day. Other than that? It’s a world class, interactive exhibition that offers a variety of presentations.

Thank MaryLewis747
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Lindsay M, Curator at Maropeng Visitor Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 18 October 2017

Dear MaryLewis747

Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback. I am delighted it was overall a good experience, but I am concerned about what happened in the boatride. Please could you send your contact details to info@maropeng.co.za so that I may be in touch directly.

Thank you again

Lindsay

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Reviewed 8 October 2017

We spent a day at Maropeng, then decided to stay at the Maropeng Boutique Hotel next door. The museum is extraordinary, showing the history of mankind through a number of different mediums, including videos, a boat ride and interactive displays. There are food and souvenir shops within the complex and amply parking.

Thank Carol H
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Lindsay M, Curator at Maropeng Visitor Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 18 October 2017

Dear Carol H

Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback. We are delighted you enjoyed the visit and we hope you will visit again soon.

Regards

Lindsay Marshall

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