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“Not so great” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Museum of Natural History

Museum of Natural History
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US$52.73*
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Pretoria Capital City Tour
Ranked #28 of 112 things to do in Pretoria
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Pretoria, South Africa
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15 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Not so great”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2013 via mobile

There are a lot of exhibitions and interesting things to see, but it all seems so old and dated and even the building has that kind of smell of a building that has been closed for a long time.
It was clean, though. I do not like that part of Pretoria, as I do not feel very safe there. I think it would be much better if they at least had some security.

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Midrand, South Africa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Mugging at Museum”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2013

There is a syndicate operating at the museum. I was mugged today at the museum on the museum premises!, i had my two kids with me. The syndicate works as follows :
1) first a person asks if he can take a photo and charges R20. Sound totally ligitimate and he even produces the photo.
2) When he stops you, there are a few people out the museum that watch you.
3) As you walk around the grounds of the museum, there is a lady that follows you around and comes very close to you to check your jewellery and personal belongings
4) When we came out of the museum, as i just finished paying the guys for the foto one guy walks past me and the other comes close behind him and tries to ruffle me. The guy who goes behind you then pushes me forward and puts his hand and cuts my chain out. and then they all scatter in different directions
5) The museum has a side entrance which makes an easy getaway.
6) They thrive on people with children as they know you are going to be preoccupied assisting small children.
7) Best of all of this is i parked directly outside the museum - can't get any closer than that.

WILL NEVER RETURN TO THE MUSEUM WHICH IS SUCH A PITY.
THE PLACE IS UNSAFE AND SO IF PRETORIA IN GENERAL AND WOULD NOT RECOMMEND TOURISTS AND VISITORS. UNLESS YOU ARE PREPARED FOR BEING MUGGED AND WOULD LIKE TO EXPERIENCE SOMETHING LIKE THAT AND IF YOU WANT YOUR KIDS TRAUMATISED, THEN BY ALL MEANS DO THAT AT YOUR OWN PERIL.

Visited October 2013
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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47 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Mediocre”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 2013

Great building,clean inside & out. Exhibits nicely displayed just dont like stuffed animals,plenty of these! A museum of this stature should have a lot more to offer.Ok to incorporate with other visits in the area. Skipped discovery centre.Entrance fee R20.00 per person. Parking will definitely be an issue on a weekday.

Visited April 2013
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Pretoria, South Africa
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Entrance to expensive.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2012

I took my children there last Dec. The place was very dusty and had a mouldy smell. Ok I know it is Natural History Museum but still i think they do not give much attention to it. And parking is also a problem

Visited December 2011
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Johannesburg
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128 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Excellent museum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2012

Really very nice museum, well planned and stunning exhibition. Love the dinosaur skeleton in front of the buildling

Visited March 2012
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