We offer guided tours of all the McGregor Museum satellites for school groups or adults. Our education officer Suzanne Erasmus and our museum caretaker Bafana Ndebele are registered tourist guides. From time to time young volunteers are also trained as part-time museum guides to assist with large groups.
Special collections include specimens collected by J.P.H. Acocks, Maria Wilman for her book Preliminary Checklist of the Flowering Plants and Ferns of Griqualand West, A.A. Gubb for a vegetation map of the Northern Cape, and rare and threatened plants of the Northern Cape collected during research on their conservation status. Collecting trips to expand the collection are now aimed at areas that are under-represented or where plants have not been previously collected.
Herbaria are important storage and retrieval systems for plant-related data. This raw data forms the basis of many fields of plant research, where the first step is usually the correct identification of a species. Herbaria play an important role in supplying other researchers, industry and the public with botanical information.
The Resource Centre is a reference centre for pupils and teachers, with information in books, magazines, photographs and on computer. It can also be used as a discovery centre for school-going children, where pupils are exposed to real objects and learn by themselves, or as a workshop venue for small groups of teachers.
The Discovery Room is a hands-on touch and activity centre specifically for pre-school children.
Studying museum specimens.
INFORMATION FOR SCHOOL TOURS
THE McGREGOR MUSEUM is dedicated to the study of the cultural and natural history of the arid Northern Cape Province.
Teachers busy with a workshop on Evolution.