Ditsong National Museum of Natural History, formerly the Transvaal Museum

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Ditsong National Museum of Natural History, formerly the Transvaal Museum

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1895 - present


[Source - Chloe Rushovich for FHYA, 2020, using wikipedia and the Ditsong Museums of South Africa website: The Ditsong National Museum of Natural History, formerly known as the Transvaal Museum, is a natural history museum situated in Pretoria, South Africa. The museum was initially established in 1892 as the Staatsmuseum (State Museum) of the former South African Republic. The Transvaal Museum became a part of the Northern Flagship Institution (the NFI) in April 1999. The NFI was officially renamed Ditsong Museums of South Africa in April 2010 and the Transvaal Museum was renamed Ditsong National Museum of Natural History at the same time. The Museum’s collections and exhibits include hominid fossils from the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site and associated fauna, including Mrs Ples (the nickname attributed to a fossil skull believed to represent a distant relative of all humankind); fossils, skeletons, skins and mounted specimens of amphibians, fish, invertebrates, reptiles and mammals.]


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