When last did you visit the National Museum? Well, I remember clearly the second last time I visited this intriguing place. I remember this occasion as I was six, had a pee like a rhino and my sister couldn’t find me the way to the loo quick enough. I ‘went’ in a Zulu tri-pot – which was part of an exhibition, of course. I remember it as a Zulu tri-pot, but it could have been anyone’s tri-pot as needs must and at that particular point, I could only think of relieving myself.
Look left, then right, pants down, pee in pot and off we went with guilt all over our faces! All giggles. I enjoyed my visit then and enjoyed it again when I visited the place 15 years later. You could say, when I visited my ‘marked territory’ once more.
Back to the point:
The National Museum dates back to1877 and is a museum for natural and cultural history as well as an art museum. If you haven’t been recently and have a few hours to spare on a weekend, put it on your to-do list. One can spend a good couple of hours exploring the permanent exhibitions which include:
- African Cultures
- Bloemfontein/Mangaung history
- Historical street scene
- Astronomy and
- Live displays
Entrance: R5 (adults); R3 (children); groups R3 per adult; R1 per child
Open: 8am–5pm (Mon-Fri); 10am–5pm (Sat); 12pm–5.30pm (Sun, Holidays)
Closed on Good Friday and Christmas Day