Recently in July 2017 I found myself at Ditsong National Museum of Natural History (formerly known as the Transvaal Museum) in Pretoria. All sort of happy memories flooded my system. It is absolutely wonderful. There is so much to see, touch and take in. You are transported back in time.

There are big dinosaurs and creatures all around you. I am not a believer in the Evolution Theory and don't believe in some of the controversial findings one can find in there; but no matter what you believe in, you are bound to find the visit most interesting. 

It reminded me of when I was a scholar, as a child and had the privilige of attending some overnight youth educational programme at the museum. I had been there several times before with my school, on vacation learner programs and/or my family, but what made that particular visit to the museum most memorable was that we were given the opportunity to sleep at the then Transvaal Museum.

It was exciting and scary all at once. We kept thinking the creatures in the museum would come alive and chase us around. We were taught so many things. The best part was that there was some secret cave and we were invited to a midnight feast right there in the museum, with Dirkies (yummy condense milk snacks) and other treats. I will never forget it!

Back to my nostalgic visit this winter (2017), I really had a lot of fun. I had always taken time to explore the creatures inside, but this time, I took my time to walk around the garden, which is open to the public. There is a cosy little bench next to a dinosaur with so much attention to detail. It is also well kept and inviting. I absolutely like it and would go there again and again.

Ditsong National Museum of Natural History in Pretoria. Photo by Phindiwe Nkosi.Ditsong National Museum of Natural History in Pretoria. Photo by Phindiwe Nkosi.

Phindiwe Nkosi at Ditsong National Museum of Natural History in PretoriaPhindiwe Nkosi at Ditsong National Museum of Natural History in Pretoria

Entrance of Ditsong National Museum of Natural History in Pretoria. Photo by Phindiwe Nkosi.Entrance of Ditsong National Museum of Natural History in Pretoria. Photo by Phindiwe Nkosi.

Ditsong National Museum of Natural History in Pretoria. Photo by Phindiwe Nkosi.Ditsong National Museum of Natural History in Pretoria. Photo by Phindiwe Nkosi.

Phindiwe Nkosi at Ditsong National Museum of Natural History in Pretoria.Phindiwe Nkosi at Ditsong National Museum of Natural History in Pretoria.

 

 

 

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