Where is it?
The McGregor Museum is based in the Sanatorium, Atlas Street in Kimberley. It has nine components in Kimberley and the Northern Cape, all open to the public. The Museum is open from 09:00 - 17:00 Monday to Saturday, from 14:00 - 17:00 on Sundays and from 10:00 to 17:00 on public holidays. You can call the Museum on (053) 839-2700
What is on display?
The McGregor Museum offers a wide range of displays including material excavated from the Wonderwerk Cave and stunning rock art exhibits.
The Ancestors Gallery at the museum provides a narrative account of 4 million years of human evolution and history in Southern Africa, as well as explanations of archaeological methods and ways of knowing the past. The display merges seamlessly into a major exhibit on the frontier history of the Karoo.
The Wonderwerk Cave near Kuruman is one of the most fascinating satellite sites of the McGregor Museum. It is about 43 km from Kuruman along the Kuruman-DaniŽlskuil Road. The cave is an ancient solution cavity, exposed at one end by hillside erosion, and running horizontally for 139 m into the base of a low conical foothill on the eastern flank of the Kuruman Hills. It has yielded a long record of human and environmental history and it is believed to be one of the longest inhabited caves on earth.
The Barkly West Museum in the old Toll House at Barkly Bridge (also on the road to Wonderwerk Cave) contains history and archaeology displays, amplifying information given at the nearby open-air displays at Canteen Kopje. At Canteen Kopje are preserved sediments with vast numbers of Acheulean artefacts including Victoria West cores, perhaps more than a million years old. Eminent prehistorians including the Abbe Breuil and van Riet Lowe made pilgrimages to see these sites.
More information can be found on the internet at http://www.museumsnc.co.za/