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

Plan your Visit

Hours & Admission

Opening Hours

Monday-Friday: 9:00am – 16:30pm
Saturday: 10:00am – 15:00pm

Sunday and Public Holidays:
Closed until further notice

Entrance Fees

Adults R10.00
Children (School) R5.00
Children (Pre-school) R2.00
Audio tour Free
Groups of 10:
Adults R5.00
Children R2.00


The National Museum, in Bloemfontein – the judicial capital of South Africa – known as the city of roses, has as its motto – Curator Hereditatis – which means that it regards itself as the custodian of our heritage, which it is in quite a big way.
The National Museum is located in 36 Aliwal Street, Bloemfontein, Free State, South Africa.
Bloemfontein N1, Bloemfontein, 9301, South Africa
Head southwest on Exit 190 toward Nelson Mandela Dr/N8 500 m
Turn left onto Nelson Mandela Dr/N8
Continue to follow N8
5.3 km
Use the 2nd from the right lane to turn right onto Aliwal St
Destination will be on the left

Access & Facilities

The National Museum is fully accessible for the physically disabled. A lift provides access to the first floor for people using wheel chairs.
Certain exhibitions are available as touch exhibits for the blind with Braille descriptions (ask the caretakers for a guide). The Museum endeavours to provide large format text and suitable lighting to aid sight-impaired persons.
An audio guide with additional information in English, Afrikaans and Sesotho on certain exhibits is available free of charge to visitors.
The auditorium of the National Museum can seat 200 people and is equipped with a data projector and sound system. Prospective users are required to bring their own laptops/ computers.
Tearoom facilities are available.
Hourly tariff: R200 per hour
Daily tariff: R750 per day
COMMITTEE ROOM FEES (max 10 people)
Hourly tariff: R150 per hour
Daily tariff: R500 per day

Museum Floor Plan

Click here to view the floor plan of the National Museum.

Guided Tours

Guided tours of the National Museum are available by prior arrangement: tel. +27 51 447 9609 and ask for the Education Department.
Adult Guided Tours

Entrance fee for adult groups
R10.00 per person.

School Guided Tours

Entrance fees for school groups
R5.00 per learner (Grade 1-12)
R2.00 per learner (Pre-school)

Guided tours of Satellite Museums

Oliewenhuis Art Museum: tel. +27 51 447 9609 and ask for Oliewenhuis.

Freshford House Museum: tel. +27 51 447 9609 and ask for Freshford.

First Raadsaal and Wagon Museums: tel. +27 51 447 9609 and ask for First Raadsaal.


The Museum Shop sells a variety of African curios, including woodcarvings and beadwork, as well as postcards and other gifts.
Self service tea and coffee available.
Contact: Agatha de Wee
Tel. +27 51 447 9609
Fax +27 51 447 6273
African curios

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