UNIVERSITY OF THE WITWATERSRAND, JOHANNESBURG

The Life Sciences Museum and Biodiversity Centre

The Life Sciences Museum and Biodiversity Centre is the only natural history museum in Johannesburg, which is unusual since all the other major cities in South Africa have large public natural history museums.

The Life Sciences Museum and Biodiversity Centre

It has retained a unique character as the display specimens are exhibited in finely crafted teak cabinets which allow the viewer to engage directly with scores of objects at close range. Items can be selected and arranged to illustrate themes such as feeding in vertebrates or features of molluscs. This "hands on" feature has always proved popular with school groups.

The display area is open to all members of the public and access to the reference collections and guided tours are by appointment. The museum is situated opposite the Biophy Library on the lower ground floor of the Oppenheimer Life Sciences on the East Campus.

 

Opening hours: 8.30 am to 4.30 pm weekdays.

Zoological Collections
Telephone enquiries : 011 717-6464.
Postal enquiries may be addressed to:
James Harrison,
Zoology Curator of the Museum,
P O Wits 2050.
Botanical Collections
Telephone enquiries : 011 717-6467.
Postal enquiries may be addressed to:
Renee Reddy,
Herbarium Manager
P O Wits 2050.