Iziko South African Museum


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This sadly neglected child of the Iziko family recently got a bit of press (albeit bad) when crafty robbers broke into the museum and absconded with a mounted white rhino's horns. Despite its recent brush with fame, there sadly isn't whole lot new happening at this Cape Town icon. If the animal kingdom in all its dusty, taxidermied glory gets your heart racing, though, you won't be disappointed. All creatures great, small and slightly ridiculous get their moment in the sun, whether it's the pesky tsetse fly, the duck-billed platypus or the great blue whale. One definitive SA Museum experience is the perverse pleasure of sitting in the yellow submarine-like sound booth and listening to the yelping whale cries while looking out over their stuffed and skeletised counterparts. Some of the newer expos include the Sunlit Sea World, with its full-sized model of a giant squid, and the Shark World section, where you get to examine the business end of a megatooth shark, the world's largest apex predator. The social history section includes artefacts from prehistory, including stone tools from up to 115,000 years ago, as well as objects from the ancient world, plus furniture, glass, weaponry and much more.

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Iziko South African Museum details

25 Queen Victoria Street

Area Cape Town

Telephone 21 481 3800

Iziko South African Museum website

Open 10am-5pm daily.

Admission R15; R5 reductions; free under-15s.

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