Pretoria’s Big Five: National Cultural History Museum

The National Cultural History Museum explores South Africa’s rich cultural history with the most extensive collection of cultural records in South Africa. The museum houses an extensive collection of works by major South African artists, historical documents,


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 photographs and archaeological objects from around South Africa, including 1000-year-old clay figurines from Limpopo Province. The museum was founded as the Staatsmuseum (Afrikaans for ‘state museum’) in 1892.



Regular temporary exhibitions and events such as song, dance, drama and film festivals, compliment the permanent displays. The art collection of South African art adds colour to this dynamic heritage institution. The collection includes works by JH Pierneef, Coert Steynberg and Noria Mabasa.


The museum is housed in the Old Mint building where South African crafts are available in a separate display. Crafts include beading, weaving, basketry and embroidery. Visitors can also discover the spiritual world of South Africa’s earliest inhabitants by viewing the display of rock paintings and engravings. The Schorda exhibit, named after a site in the ancient Mapungubwe kingdom, displays early Iron Age clay sculptures. The figurines relates to cultural practices such as initiation and lobola.


South Africa’s apartheid history is also documented in an exhibition on the forced removal of the Indian, African and Asian populations from Marabastad and Lady Selborne in the 60s.


The Natural Cultural History Museum is one of the must-visit attractions in Pretoria. Enjoy a guided tour by an accredited tour guide or book an educational programme. Visitors can also enjoy a light meal at the RPM restaurant. There’s ample secured parking available. Contact the museum on 012 324 6084. Physical address: 149 Visagie Street, Pretoria or locate them with GPS coordinates 25° 45' 09.7" S 28°11' 05.7" E

Operating hours

Weekdays from 8am to 4pm
Weekends and public holidays from 8am to 4pm
Closed on Good Friday and Christmas Day

Entrance fees
Adults R35.00
Children R20.00
Pensioners R20.00


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