Science museums and centres

South Africa

  • Boitjhorisong Resource Centre
    Focuses on the improvement and optimising of education in the Sasolburg Education District of the Free State province in South Africa.
  • Botswana Technology Centre
    A research and development organisation specialising in energy efficiency, electronic systems, information technology, water, building materials and design.
  • Boyden Observatory - University of the Free State
    The observatory is a very strategically located for modern astronomy. The atmospheric conditions and the many cloudless nights in the Bloemfontein region, especially during winter, makes it possible to do high quality research and student training.
  • Cradle-Ribeiro Observatory
    Our purpose with the observatory is to educate learners in South Africa as well as the general public and tourists on what is happening in the awe inspiring field of astronomy.
  • Delta Environmental Centre
    Aims to enable people to improve the quality of their environment by promoting the management and sustainable use of all resources.
  • Discovery Centre at the Transvaal Museum
    Experience nature hands-on at this Centre.
  • Sci-Enza @ TUKS - University of Pretoria
    Visit the well known Tukkies' Discovery Centre and expose yourself to exiting hands-on science experiences.
  • Giyani Science Centre
    The Giyani Science Centre offers, inter-alia, live mammals, live fish, and experiment demonstrations such as the "magic ball", the "Foucault Pendulum", etc.
  • Hartebeesthoek Radio Astronomy Observatory
    Not only is astronomy fascinating in its own right, but we demonstrate connections to basic science and technology, and explain astronomical concepts that appear in the school syllabus. Visits to the Hartebeesthoek Radio Astronomy Observatory are a hands-on and minds-on, fun learning experience.
  • Hermanus Magnetic Observatory
    The developing of science awareness, the training of high-level manpower, and the building of research capacity are challenges that the Observatory support through its science outreach activities.
  • iThemba Laboratory for Accelerator-Based Sciences
    On the last Wednesday of every month, iThemba LABS opens it's gates to the general public. The tour starts promptly at 2pm and anybody may join one of these tours - but booking the day before is essential.
  • Johannesburg Planetarium - University of the Witwatersrand
    Visit the first full-sized planetarium in Africa, and the second in the Southern Hemisphere.
  • MTN ScienCentre
    The MTN ScienCentre is and interactive science centre where you can have fun, while learning about scientific discoveries and technological innovations.
  • Museums Online South Africa
    Museums Online South Africa (MOSA) is an established and dynamic heritage portal, recognised nationally and internationally. The site promotes South African art, science and culture.
  • Old Mutual MTN Sciencentre
    An interactive science and technology education centre which provides a magical experience with more than 200 interactive displays.
  • Port Elizabeth Museum Complex
    The Port Elizabeth Museum Complex provides a feast of entertaining education in its Oceanarium, Snake Park, Tropical House and Museum.
  • Sci-bono
    An interactive science and technology education centre.
  • Southern African Association of Science and Technology Centres
    Promoting the understanding and uses of science and technology through "hands-on" exhibits, displays and programmes.
  • South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity
    An interactive hub focused on African fishes and aquatic biodiversity.
  • South African Museum
    Visit the museum to gain a better understanding of the earth and its biological and cultural diversity, past and present.
  • Iziko Museums of Cape Town
    These museums include the South African Museum, Cape Town Planetarium, West Coast Fossil Park and various cultural and social history museums and art galleries.
  • The Discovery Centre
    Promotes science awareness in southern Africa.
  • Unizul Science Centre - University of Zululand
    An interactive science and technology education centre.


  • Exploratorium
    USA - The Exploratorium is a collage of over 650 science, art, and human perception exhibits. The Exploratorium is a leader in the movement to promote the museum as an educational center.
  • Hands-on Science Centers Worldwide
    USA - This page contains pointers to public museums with a strong emphasis on interactive science education.
  • Museums Hotlist
    USA - A collection of links to museums around the world.
  • Museum of Science and Industry
    USA - Take a virtual tour of the U-505 submarine, visit Colleen Moore's fairy castle, discover LEGO Mindstorms intelligent robots, explore the Pioneer Zephyr, and more! Now on-line only at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.
  • MuseumSpot
    USA - Your guide to museums and other cultural information on the Web.
  • National Museum of Science and Technology
    UK - At the Science Museum we have special exhibitions - which are temporary - as well as our permanent galleries. Online, you can also see some of the significant objects we hold in our collection.
  • Smithsonian Institution
    USA - There are various museums - the Space and Science Museum and Natural History Museum may be of particular interest.