Gauteng’s science and technology museums document human evolution, medicine, the geosciences and much more.
Adler Museum of Medicine
The Adler Museum of Medicine was founded in 1962 by Drs Cyril and Esther Adler and details both the history of medicine in general and its application in South Africa. The museum contains collections depicting the history of medicine, dentistry and pharmacy, while it also has reconstructions of an African herbal shop and a patient consulting a sangoma (traditional healer) among others. The museum is situated on the grounds of Wits’ Medical School Campus in Parktown, Johannesburg and is open Monday to Friday from 9: 30am – 4pm.
The Geosciences Museum in Pretoria provides geological earth sciences knowledge to South Africa in the form of displays, collections and worksheets. A systematic mineral display and a permanent planetary science display can also be found. The museum is open Monday – Saturday from 8am – 4pm and Sundays from 11am – 5pm.
The Huntarian Museum situated on the grounds of Wits University is housed in the School of Anatomical Sciences in the Faculty of Health Sciences. The museum was started by Professor Raymond A Dart in 1923 and plays host to skeletons of monkeys, other mammals, birds, reptiles and fishes among other fossils. It also encourages the link of science and technology with its computer based teaching facilities for students in anatomy. It is not only used by students but doctors also usually request permission so they can brush up on their anatomy studies. There are tours of the museum for scholars to encourage interest in scientific studies. These tours are not open to the public and their costs depend on how big the group is.
James Hall Transport Museum
The James Hall Transport Museum is the largest land transport museum in Southern Africa and is situated at Pioneers Park in Rosettenville, Johannesburg. Its exhibits include animal-drawn carts, ox-wagons, bicycles, coaches, motorbikes, steam locomotives, electric cars, fire engines and vehicles with self-propelled engines. The late James "Jimmie" Hall founded the museum in 1964. Hall was a car enthusiast with a special interest in vintage models. The oldest motorcar on display is a 1900 Clement Panhard and the latest a 1980 Opel. Peter Hall, James’ son, is currently head of the museum, and continues to honour his father's legacy by collecting and preserving vintage cars. The museum boasts a collection of over 2 500 items.
James Kitching Gallery
The James Kitching Gallery is a small museum on the grounds of Wits University’s Van Riet Lowe Building on the East Campus of the institution. After half a centuries service to the science of palaeontology and to the university the museum was named after James W. Kitching in 1988. Showing science and technology are intertwined are robotic reconstructions of two prehistoric creatures constructed early in 1997 as an experiment in the creation of life-sized reconstructions of fossils. The fossils of these two creatures were respectively found in South Africa and in the Sahara.
Museum of Science and Technology
The Museum of Science and Technology is the oldest hands-on science museum in South Africa. Visitors are encouraged to explore, touch, and manipulate exhibits, models and displays. It is situated in Pretoria at the Didacta Building and is open Monday to Friday 8am – 4pm and weekends 2pm – 4pm.
The Origins Centre, also located at Wits, was opened in January 2006 and is a museum of rock art in South Africa. It promotes the world-famous Game Pass Shelter in Kwazulu-Natal and Wildebeestkuil in Kimberley, while also exploring the subject of rock art and educating visitors on it. The first phase of the museum showcases the origins of humankind as well as an extensive collection of San rock art from the Wits Art Research Institute.
Tswaing Crater Museum
The Tswaing Crater Museum is located at the Tswaing crater, a depression 1.4km in diameter that marks the spot where a meteorite crashed to earth some 220 000 years ago. The site is South Africa's only crater museum and one of three meteorite impact sites. It is situated 30 km north of Onderstepoort in Pretoria. The site is open Weekdays from 8am – 4pm and Saturdays from 2pm – 5pm.