+27 51 447 9609
36 Aliwal Street
Bloemfontein, South Africa


Educational Activities and Programmes

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Visit us at the National Museum PDF

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Lessons for first quarter

Grades R to 3 Special lessons – PDF Afrikaans / English

Grades 4 to 5 Natural Sciences PDF Afrikaans / English 

Grades 4 to 6 Social Sciences – PDF Afrikaans / English

Educational Activities for Primary and Secondary Schools

Lessons on offer to school groups in 2016
The lessons listed below, which are curriculum-orientated and enriching, are presented to groups of 10 or more learners by prior arrangement.

Please book well in advance to avoid disappointment.


Entrance fees
R1.00 per learner; R3.00 per educator.

Duration of Lessons
Each lesson lasts about 1 hour. Please do not book more than 2 lessons per group per day.

Visits to schools
Education staff will visit schools within a radius of 100 km of Bloemfontein/Mangaung free of charge to present lessons. 

Mobile Museum
The Mobile Museum visits schools and contains material from the various departments of the National Museum. 

Bookings to be made with Ancilia (ancilia@nasmus.co.za), Andries (children@nasmus.co.za) or Patrys (patrys@nasmus.co.za) (tel. +27 51 447 9609).


Earth and beyond

  • Sustainable Development and improved Quality of life – including Earth as our life support system, human impact on the environment, water availability, food security and taking care of our Earth; includes career opportunities in Sciences (Gr. 10-12) LS (1 hour)
  • The Solar System and the Stars (Grades 1-12) Natural Sciences (NS) (1-2 hours)
  • Natural Disasters – tsunami, hurricanes, etc. (Grades 5-12) NS / Social Sciences (SS) (1 hour)
  • Continental Drift and Volcanoes – plate tectonics and how volcanoes work (Grades 4-9) NS (1 hour)
  • Plate Tectonics – including folding, faulting, earthquakes and volcanoes (Grades 10-12) NS (1-1½ hours)
  • Geomorphology (rocks) – emphasis on types of rocks and rock cycle (Grades 5-12) NS (1 hour)
  • Atmosphere, Wind and Weather (Grades 7-12) NS (1-1½ hours)
  • The World’s Great Storms – hurricanes, tornadoes, cyclones & thunderstorms (Grades 7-12) NS (1-1½ hours)
  • Global Warming and the Greenhouse Effect (Grades 10-12) NS (1-1½ hours)
  • Pollution and Recycling (Grades 1-6) NS (1 hour)
  • Water – states, uses, water cycle, pollution, etc. (Grades 1-6) NS / SS (1 hour)
  • Fossils – what fossils are, how they form, how they are dated, etc. – can be presented on its own or as a short introduction to The History of Life and / or Human Evolution. NS (adaptable to all grades from Grade 5 upwards)
  • The History of Life – the story of the evolution of life, from simple single-celled organisms to complex multi-cellular creatures, with special reference to fossils found in South Africa (Grades 10-12) NS (1-1½ hours)
  • Human Evolution – ‘ape-man’ to Homo sapiens (Grades 7-12) SS / NS (1 hour)

Living things

  • Bees – their lives and behaviour, their importance to us (Grades 1-9) NS (¾ -1 hour)
  • Reptiles – snakes, lizards, crocodiles, tortoises (Grades 1-9) NS (1-1½ hours)
  • Birds – adaptations, way of life, kinds, importance (Grades 1-9) NS (1 hour)
  • Mammals – characteristics, plus mammals on display in the Museum (Grades 1-6) NS (1 hour)


  • The San – a hunter-gatherer way of life, including an introduction to the Stone Age and rock art (Grades 4-9) SS (1-1½ hours)
  • San Rock Art – an introduction to the San, but with the emphasis on their rock art (Grades 9-12) SS (1 hour)
  • Old Bloemfontein – history, plus the Museum’s Historical Street Scene (Grades 4-6) SS (1 hour)


  • Energy & Electricity- including all types of electricity, generating electricity and its function in society (Gr. 4-9) NS (1 hour)

We are also happy to visit schools in the Bloemfontein/Mangaung area free of charge to present lessons.

Outdoor activities in the grounds of Oliewenhuis Art Museum

Each activity lasts about 1 hour
Book with the Education Department staff at the National Museum, Aliwal Street, tel. +27 51 447 9609.
(Workbooks @ R3 each; these make the activities more interesting but are not essential)

  • Animal Treasure Hunt – get to know small Free State mammals (Grades 1-6)

Visit to Florisbad Research Station - Archaeological and Palaeontological Site

(about 45 km from Bloemfontein)

  • Educational tours by arrangement – Grades 5-12 and tertiary learners
  • Special entrance fee for groups: Adults R10.00; Learners R2.00
  • Small groups (only one busload of learners – 60 learners)
  • Intermediate and Senior Phase and higher

Find out what the Free State was like 100 000 to 350 000 years ago, and how palaeontologists and archaeologists investigate the evidence from that time.

Book with the Education Department staff at the National Museum, tel. +27 51 447 9609.

All the above-mentioned presentations, demonstrations, etc. are also available to other groups, such as clubs, associations, special interest groups, senior citizen groups, adult education groups and groups from tertiary educational institutions.

Educational Activities for Pre-Primary and Foundation Phase

Take part in a variety of activities at the Museum and experience a boundless world of wonder, where every pre-schooler gets an opportunity to examine and touch ‘real’ animals and where the learners can live out their imaginary worlds.

We are also happy to visit schools and pre-schools in the Bloemfontein/Mangaung area free of charge to present lessons.

Bookings and enquiries: Ancilia van Staden  (Tel: +27 51 447 9609, ancilia@nasmus.co.za)

Entrance fees: All groups, including pre-primary: Learners R1.00 / Adults R3.00

Special lessons for Pre-Primary and Foundation Phase


  • Mammals
  • Insects
  • Reptiles
  • Birds
  • Honey-bees
  • Dinosaurs
  • Fish
  • Spiders
  • Animal senses
  • Camouflage
  • Animal Olympics
  • Skin coverings
  • Animal homes
  • Life cycles
  • Under the sea
  • Weird and wacky animals
  • Animation movies


  • Seasons
  • Weather
  • Plants


  • Space
  • Water fun
  • Story of milk


  • My country, South Africa


  • My body
  • Senses
  • Tooth fun
  • Healthy eating habits

Special Events and occasions

Special events during the year relating to special days, weeks or months will be advertised in the media and/or by circulars to the schools.

Guided Tours

Guided tours of the National Museum are available. A tour lasts about 1 hour and must be booked in advance.

Entrance fee (special price for groups):
R2,00 per learner (pre-school)
R5,00 per learner (Grade 1-12)
R10,00 per adult

For guided tours of Oliewenhuis Art Museum, contact  Tel. +27 51 447 9609 and ask for Oliewenhuis, or  oliewen@nasmus.co.za


Other places to visit

Freshford House Museum (1897)
(History and different ways of living)

An Edwardian-style home built in 1897.
Open weekdays 10:00am – 1:00pm.
Tel. +27 51 447 9609; ask for Freshford, or mimi@nasmus.co.za

First Raadsaal Museum (1849)
(History of the Free State)

The oldest building in Bloemfontein. Served as school, council chamber for government and as a church.
Open weekdays 10:00am – 1:00pm.
Tel. +27 51 447 9609; ask for the Raadsaal Museum.

Wagon Museum
(History of transport)

Wagons and carriages, etc. from the 19th & early 20th century. Situated behind the First Raadsaal Museum.

Open weekdays 10:00am – 1:00pm.
Tel. +27 51 447 9609; ask for the Raadsaal Museum.

To book a guided tour of the First Raadsaal and/or Wagon Musem, contact Elmar du Plessis (Tel: +27 51 447 9609 elmar@nasmus.co.za)

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