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National Cultural History Museum

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In Pretoria

-25.7527, 28.185


+27 12 324 6082


The National Cultural History Museum, previously the African Window Building in Pretoria, conserves and interprets South African culture in all its diversity.

The museum has collections ranging from Cape Dutch furniture and Ndebele art to archaeological material. 

Permanent exhibitions are also on display. ‘Access to Power’ examines San rock art paintings. The ‘Hananwa’ exhibit shows thousand-year-old Iron Age Sotho-Tswana figurines from Schroda in the Limpopo Province. The ‘Reach for the Stars’ display looks at space and astronomy through the ages. 

The National Cultural History Museum aims to be a museum of the people for the people. Children and women from nearby communities curated the ‘People’s Choice’ exhibition by selecting their favourite pieces from the museum’s vast collection of around 3 million artefacts. The ‘Marabastad’ display celebrates the culture and colour of the urban black communities that flourished in pre-apartheid South Africa.

Not to be missed when you visit the National Cultural History Museum are the art works of JH Pierneef (1886–1957), one of the country's most famous artists, known for his dramatically stylised bushveld landscapes. The museum has a restaurant, a curio shop and a library. 

Address: 149 Visagie Street, Pretoria

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