National Museum, Bloemfontein

Since 1877, the National Museum has developed into an institution of international stature, focusing on natural history, cultural history and art.

Intensive research is carried out in these varied disciplines, and valuable and important collections have been established.

Through its displays and education programmes, the Museum renders a public service to its diverse audiences, engaging them in enjoyable and enlightening experiences and enriching the learning opportunities of all individuals.

National Museum Bloemfontein

The National Museum's newest temporary display, which will run until May 2018, is the "Illuminated Manuscripts" - a unique exhibition resulting from a collaboration between four of Central South Africa's heritage institutions; The National Museum (Bloemfontein), Oliewenhuis Art Museum (Bloemfontein), William Humphreys Art Gallery (Kimberley), and The McGregor Museum (Kimberley).

The exhibit explores the predecessor of printed books by discussing the materials, techniques, tools and customs employed when producing hand-made books.

On display are a variety of articles and works from the collections of the above institutions as well as many reconstructions of historic techniques, exemplars of available materials, and a wealth of technical information for those who wish to know more.


  • Monday - Friday, 08:00am - 17:00
  • Saturday, 10:00 - 17:00
  • Sunday and Public Holidays, 12:00 - 17:00


  • Adults - R5
  • Scholars - R3
  • Pre-school Children - R1


  • +27 51 447 9609


  • 36 Aliwal Street, Bloemfontein, Free State

To find out more about the National Museum, visit their website.

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