Top 10 Best Museums in South Africa

Museums all over the world ensure understanding and appreciation for various groups and cultures.

They promote better understanding of our collective heritage and foster dialogue, curiosity and self-reflection.

Further, they serve to help future generations comprehend their history and recognise the achievements of those who came before them. Here are 10 interesting and important South African Museums.

  • Albany Museum

    1. The Albany Museum, Grahamstown, Eastern Cape

    The Albany Museum, located in Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape Province, was established in 1855 and is the second oldest museum in South Africa.

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  • Franschhoek Motor Museum

    2. The Franschhoek Motor Museum, Franschhoek, Western Cape

    Across the length and breadth of Southern Africa, only one place can adequately portray the evolution of the automobile, The Franschhoek Motor Museum.

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  • Rupert Museum

    3. The Rupert Museum, Stellenbosch, Western Cape

    Interestingly, the concept for the Rupert Museum has its origins in a fire. When an electrical-short threatened fire in the ceiling of their Stellenbosch home, Huberte Rupert made the decision to create an art museum.

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  • South African Museum

    4. South African Museum, Cape Town, Western Cape

    Established in 1825, by Lord Charles Somerset, the South African Museum includes the full range of South African history, from San rock paintings made in trance states by shamans to Gold Rush-era Victoriana.

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  • Apartheid Museum

    5. Apartheid Museum, Johannesburg, Gauteng

    The Apartheid Museum, the first of its kind, illustrates the rise and fall of apartheid.

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  • Liliesleaf Farm

    6. Liliesleaf Farm, Johannesburg, Gauteng

    Tucked away in the leafy suburb of Rivonia, Johannesburg is Liliesleaf, once the nerve centre of the liberation movement and a place of refuge for its leaders.

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  • Maropeng

    7. Maropeng, The Cradle of Humankind, Sterkfontein, Gauteng

    The Cradle of Humankind is a paleoanthropological site about 50 km northwest of Johannesburg, South Africa, in the Gauteng province.

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  • Museum Africa

    8. Museum Africa, Newtown, Johannesburg, Gauteng

    Museum Africa is a journey back into the glory years of the Africa continent's past, when the first civilisations thrived.

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  • National Museum

    9. National Museum, Bloemfontein, Free State

    The National Museum dates back to 1877, when its collections and displays comprised mainly rarities from around the world.

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  • Anglo-Boer War Museum

    10. Anglo-Boer War Museum, Bloemfontein, Free State

    One of the most significant events in the history of South Africa is the Anglo-Boer War of 1899-1902. The War Museum in Bloemfontein provides an understanding of the background against which the Anglo-Boer War took place

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