List of museums in South Africa

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This list of museums in South Africa is a list of museums, defined for this context as institutions (including nonprofit organisations, government entities, and private businesses) that collect and care for objects of cultural, artistic, scientific, or historical interest and make their collections or related exhibits available for public viewing. Museums that exist only in cyberspace (i.e., virtual museums) are not included.

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Eastern Cape[edit]

Name Province Location Image Type Notes Coordinates SAHRIS Site Reference
Albany Museum Eastern Cape Grahamstown Albany museum naturalhistory dep.jpg
Amathole Museum Eastern Cape King William's Town
Fort Beaufort Museum Eastern Cape Fort Beaufort
National English Literary Museum Eastern Cape Grahamstown Literature 9/2/003/0016
Observatory Museum Eastern Cape Grahamstown 9/2/003/0045
Red Location Museum Eastern Cape Port Elizabeth Red Location Museum Exterior.jpg Apartheid
Schreiner House Museum Eastern Cape Cradock Literature 32°10′24.53″S 25°37′04.32″E / 32.1734806°S 25.6178667°E / -32.1734806; 25.6178667
South African Air Force Museum Eastern Cape Port Elizabeth Aermacchi AM3 Bosbok-001.jpg Military Aviation [1] 33°59′23″S 25°37′04″E / 33.98972°S 25.61778°E / -33.98972; 25.61778 (South African Air Force Museum (Port Elizabeth))
The Owl House Eastern Cape Nieu-Bethesda Owl house 2003 17.JPG
East London Museum Eastern Cape East London

Free State[edit]

Name Province Location Image Type Notes Coordinates
Anglo-Boer War Museum Free State Bloemfontein Anglo-Boereoorlogmuseum.JPG Military [2] 29°14′06″S 26°21′24″E / 29.23500°S 26.35667°E / -29.23500; 26.35667 (Anglo-Boer War Museum)
National Museum, Bloemfontein Free State Bloemfontein Natural History, Cultural History, Art [3] 29°06′54″S 26°13′08″E / 29.11500°S 26.21889°E / -29.11500; 26.21889 (National Museum Bloemfontein)
South African Armour Museum Free State Bloemfontein Elandy.png Military
Parys Museum, Parys Free State Parys Natural History, Cultural, Religious [4]


Name Province Location Image Type Notes Coordinates
African Window Gauteng Pretoria Cultural History
Zonderwater Italian military cemetery Gauteng Cullinan Military History Italian World War 2 cemetery and memorial located in the former Zonderwater POW camp.
Hechter Schulz Museum and Study Centre Gauteng Boksburg Ethnographic
Apartheid Museum Gauteng Johannesburg South Africa-Johannesburg-Apartheid Museum001.jpg Apartheid [5] 26°14′15″S 28°00′33″E / 26.23750°S 28.00917°E / -26.23750; 28.00917 (Apartheid Museum)
Eksteen Transport Museum Gauteng Pretoria Transport
Freedom Park Gauteng Pretoria Cultural 25°46′00″S 28°11′22″E / 25.76667°S 28.18944°E / -25.76667; 28.18944 (Freedom Park)
Geological Survey Museum (South Africa) Gauteng Pretoria Geological
Hector Pieterson Museum Gauteng Johannesburg Hector Pieterson Memorial.jpg Apartheid The events leading up to the Soweto uprising 26°14′05″S 27°54′32″E / 26.23472°S 27.90889°E / -26.23472; 27.90889 (Hector Pieterson Museum)
Fietas Museum Gauteng Johannesburg
James Hall Transport Museum Gauteng Johannesburg Eskom-Enfield8000-001.jpg Transport Museum [6] 26°14′03″S 28°03′12″E / 26.23417°S 28.05333°E / -26.23417; 28.05333 (James Hall Transport Museum)
Johannesburg Art Gallery Gauteng Johannesburg 9 2 228 0069-Art Gallery-Johannesburg-s.jpg
Johannesburg Holocaust & Genocide Centre Gauteng Johannesburg Memory. Education. Lessons for Humanity. [7]
Kruger House Gauteng Pretoria Krugerhouse.jpg Historic house The house used by President Paul Kruger of the South African Republic[8] 25°44′47″S 28°10′53″E / 25.74639°S 28.18139°E / -25.74639; 28.18139 (Kruger House)
Lindfield Victorian House Museum Gauteng Johannesburg Living Victorian House Museum [9] 26°11′06.71″S 28°00′29.47″E / 26.1851972°S 28.0081861°E / -26.1851972; 28.0081861 (Lindfield House)
Mapungubwe Museum Gauteng Pretoria Archaeological
Melrose House Gauteng Pretoria Military, Residential Preserved Georgian mansion in which the Treaty of Vereeniging was signed
MuseuMAfricA Gauteng Newtown, Johannesburg MuseumAfrica.JPG
National Cultural History Museum (South Africa) Gauteng Pretoria Culthistory.jpg 25°45′12″S 28°11′04″E / 25.75333°S 28.18444°E / -25.75333; 28.18444 (National Cultural History Museum)
Nelson Mandela National Museum Gauteng Johannesburg Mandela museum soweto.jpg Historic house 26°14′18″S 27°54′31″E / 26.23833°S 27.90861°E / -26.23833; 27.90861 (Nelson Mandela National Museum)
No Show Museum Gauteng Johannesburg Art of nothing
Peacemakers Museum Gauteng Johannesburg
Pretoria Art Museum Gauteng Pretoria Pretoriase kunsmuseum 1.jpg Art 25°44′49″S 28°12′47″E / 25.747°S 28.213°E / -25.747; 28.213 (Pretoria Art Museum)
Fort Klapperkop Military Museum Gauteng Pretoria South Africa-Gauteng-Fort Klapperkop006.jpg Military 25°46′49″S 28°12′37″E / 25.78028°S 28.21028°E / -25.78028; 28.21028 (Fort Klapperkop)
25°46′37″S 28°11′05″E / 25.77694°S 28.18472°E / -25.77694; 28.18472 (Fort Skanskop)
SAB World of Beer Gauteng Johannesburg Beer
Sammy Marks House Gauteng Pretoria Historic house Preserved Victorian mansion belonging to Jewish entrepreneur Sammy Marks
South African Air Force Museum Gauteng Pretoria Patterson No2 Biplane-Replica-001.jpg Military Aviation [10] 25°48′12″S 28°09′44″E / 25.80333°S 28.16222°E / -25.80333; 28.16222 (South African Air Force Museum (Swartkop))
South African Airways Museum Society Gauteng Rand Airport, Germiston Civil Aviation [11] 26°14′30″S 28°9′33″E / 26.24167°S 28.15917°E / -26.24167; 28.15917 (South African Airways Museum Society Rand Airport))
South African National Museum of Military History Gauteng Johannesburg South African G5 and G6 - 001.jpg Military 26°09′49″S 28°02′29″E / 26.16361°S 28.04139°E / -26.16361; 28.04139 (South African National Museum of Military History)
South African National Railway And Steam Museum Gauteng Krugersdorp Transport
South African Police Service Museum Gauteng Pretoria SAPSMuseum.JPG Law Enforcement [12]
Willem Prinsloo Agricultural Museum Gauteng Pretoria Agriculture
Transvaal Museum Gauteng Pretoria Transvaal Museum.jpg Natural History [13] 25°45′11″S 28°11′21″E / 25.75306°S 28.18917°E / -25.75306; 28.18917 (Transvaal Museum)
Van Tilburg Collection Gauteng Pretoria Old Arts Faculty Building, University of Pretoria.jpg Arts [14]
Van Wouw Museum Gauteng Pretoria Antonvanwouwhouse.jpg Sculpture [15]
Voortrekker Monument Gauteng Pretoria Voortrekker MonumentKat2.JPG Cultural Monument to the early pioneers of the South African Interior 25°46′35″S 28°10′33″E / 25.77639°S 28.17583°E / -25.77639; 28.17583 (Voortrekker Monument)


Name Province Location Image Type Notes Coordinates
Fort Amiel Museum KwaZulu-Natal Newcastle 27°44′47″S 29°55′17″E / 27.74639°S 29.92139°E / -27.74639; 29.92139 (Fort Amiel Museum)
Himeville Museum KwaZulu-Natal Himeville
Natal Museum KwaZulu-Natal Pietermaritzburg [16]
Voortrekker Museum KwaZulu-Natal Pietermaritzburg [17]
The Old Prison Museum KwaZulu-Natal Pietermaritzburg


Name Province Location Image Type Notes Coordinates
Eersteling Monuments Limpopo Polokwane Industrial The site of the country's first gold crushing site and its first gold power plant are marked by monuments
The Irish House Limpopo Polokwane Residential Historic building which functions as a museum.
Bakone Malapa Northern Sotho Open-Air Museum Limpopo Polokwane Cultural, "living" Depicts the traditional and modern-day lifestyle of the Bakone people.
Mapungubwe Hill Limpopo Musina MapungubweHill.jpg Archaeological The ancient kingdom of Mapungubwe gave rise to Great Zimbabwe


Name Province Location Image Type Notes Coordinates
Samora Machel Monument Mpumalanga Mbuzini Accident memorial The site where Mozambican President Samora Machel lost his life in an aeroplane accident.
Barberton Museum Mpumalanga Barberton Local history, geology, archaeology, cultural Museum focussing on the Barberton district and Swazi cultural group
Krugerhof Museum Mpumalanga Waterval-Boven Second Boer War Museum housed in an old farm house used by the Transvaal Government in exile
Pilgrim's Rest Mpumalanga Pilgrim's Rest Cultural The entire gold-rush town of Pilgrim's Rest has been preserved as a living museum

North West[edit]

Name Province Location Image Type Notes Coordinates
Boekenhoutfontein North West Rustenburg Historic residence The former residence of Paul Kruger

Northern Cape[edit]

Name Province Location Image Type Notes Coordinates
Duggan-Cronin Gallery Northern Cape Kimberley Duggan Cronin Gallery (The Lodge), 12 Egerton Road, Belgravia, Kimberley.jpg
Fred Turner Folk and Culture Museum Northern Cape Loeriesfontein 30°57′08″S 19°26′49″E / 30.95222°S 19.44694°E / -30.95222; 19.44694 (Fred Turner Folk and Culture Museum)
Old Parsonage Museum Northern Cape Fraserburg
McGregor Museum Northern Cape Kimberley
Sol Plaatje Museum Northern Cape Kimberley
Windmill Museum Northern Cape Loeriesfontein WindmillMuseumLoeriesfontein01.jpg 30°57′06″S 19°26′49″E / 30.95167°S 19.44694°E / -30.95167; 19.44694 (Windmill Museum)
Sonskip Living Museum (an earthship) Northern Cape Orania 29°49′00″S 24°24′41″E / 29.81667°S 24.41139°E / -29.81667; 24.41139 (Sonskip / Aardskip)

Western Cape[edit]

Name Province Location Image Type Notes Coordinates
18 Gangster Museum Western Cape Cape Town [18] 34°02′56″S 18°41′26″E / 34.04901°S 18.6906241°E / -34.04901; 18.6906241
Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex Western Cape Mossel Bay Bartolomeu Dias Maritimes Museum - Mossel Bay - Südafrika.jpg
Bredasdorp Shipwreck Museum Western Cape Bredasdorp Bredasdorp Museum.JPG
Cape Education Museum Western Cape Wynberg, Cape Town Cape Education Museum.JPG Education 34°00′05″S 18°27′59″E / 34.001414°S 18.466457°E / -34.001414; 18.466457
Cape Medical Museum Western Cape Cape Town
District Six Museum Western Cape Cape Town District Six Museum 2.jpg 33°55′40″S 18°25′25″E / 33.927723°S 18.4236726°E / -33.927723; 18.4236726 (District Six Museum)
Koopmans-de Wet House Western Cape Cape Town Koopmans-de Wet House Nov 2011.jpg 33°55′15″S 18°25′17″E / 33.920941°S 18.421291°E / -33.920941; 18.421291
Groot Constantia Manor House Western Cape Cape Town Groot Constantia.jpg
Ceres Transport Riders' Museum Western Cape Ceres Togryers Museum, Ceres.jpg
CP Nel Museum Western Cape Oudtshoorn CP Nel Museum Oudtshoorn.JPG
Franschhoek Motor Museum Western Cape Franschhoek Franschhoek Motor Museum (29893308474).jpg 33°31′31″S 18°35′29″E / 33.5253°S 18.5913°E / -33.5253; 18.5913
George Museum Western Cape George George Museum 2019.jpg
Heart of Cape Town Museum Western Cape Cape Town Groote Schuur Hospital in South Africa.JPG 33°56′28″S 18°27′47″E / 33.94111°S 18.46306°E / -33.94111; 18.46306 (Heart of Cape Town Museum)
Hout Bay Museum Western Cape Hout Bay Hout bay museum 2.JPG
Huguenot Monument Memorial Museum Western Cape Paarl HuguenotMemorialMuseumBuilding.jpg 33°54′50″S 19°07′27″E / 33.91389°S 19.12417°E / -33.91389; 19.12417 (Huguenot Monument Memorial Museum)
Iziko South African Museum Western Cape Cape Town Iziko South African Museum.JPG Museum
Iziko South African National Gallery Western Cape Cape Town South Africa National Gallery.jpg Art
Montagu Museum Western Cape Montagu Old Mission Church. Montagu Museum, 1907. Long Street, Montagu. 12.jpg
Old Harbour Museum Western Cape Hermanus Old Harbor Museum, Hermanus.JPG
Outeniqua Transport Museum Western Cape George Outeniqua Transport Museum.JPG
Robben Island Museum Western Cape Cape Town SafrikaIMG 8414.JPG [19] 33°48′01″S 18°22′19″E / 33.80028°S 18.37194°E / -33.80028; 18.37194 (Robben Island Museum)
South African Sendinggestig Museum Western Cape Cape Town Museum Facade.jpg Historic house
Slave Lodge Western Cape Cape Town Slave Lodge museum.jpg Museum
Simon's Town Museum Western Cape Simon's Town Simonstown Museum 2.JPG Museum
South African Air Force Museum Western Cape Cape Town Inside hangar at Ysterplaat AFB.jpg Military Aviation [20] 33°54′17″S 18°29′35″E / 33.90472°S 18.49306°E / -33.90472; 18.49306 (South African Air Force Museum (Ysterplaat))
South African Naval Museum Western Cape Simonstown SAS Pietermaritzburg display Naval Museum Simonstown.jpg [21] 34°11′35″S 18°25′59″E / 34.19306°S 18.43306°E / -34.19306; 18.43306 (South African Naval Museum)
Waterworks Museum Western Cape Cape Town
The Warrior Toy Museum Western Cape Simonstown Toy [22]
Stellenbosch Toy and Miniature Museum Western Cape Stellenbosch [23]
Stellenbosch Museum Western Cape Stellenbosch [24] 33°56′15″S 18°51′46″E / 33.9374°S 18.8629°E / -33.9374; 18.8629 (Stellenbosch Museum)
Chavonnes Battery Museum Western Cape Cape Town Chavonnes Cannon Battery museum interior.jpg [25] 33°54′26″S 18°25′17″E / 33.90722°S 18.42139°E / -33.90722; 18.42139 (Chavonnes Battery Museum)
Drostdy Museum Western Cape Swellendam [26]
Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa Western Cape Cape Town [27] 33°54′30″S 18°25′23″E / 33.9084°S 18.4230°E / -33.9084; 18.4230

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