As you walk through the exhibition itself, you move in a journey of discovery from the beginnings of the world, through the history of humankind, right into the future. As you emerge, you discover one of the best views in Gauteng.
The scientific exhibition centre showcases a reconstruction of a mined cave, cave formations and geology, early life forms, mammals and hominid fossils, among other topics. It describes in detail important finds, such as “Mrs Ples”, the Taung Child and “Little Foot”, and provides information about fossilisation, palaeobotany and landscapes. The exhibition is guaranteed to intrigue visitors of all ages.
Sterkfontein Caves is a rich fossil site and many famous fossils, including “Little Foot”, have been discovered in the caves. Fossils found in the caves are covered in breccias, a rock composed of angular fragments of minerals or rocks in a matrix (cementing material), that may be similar or different in composition to the fragments. Fossils and artifacts are extracted from the cave site by drilling and breaking the breccias. The breccias are then chipped away from the fossils and stone tools with small chisels and air scribes (power tools used to separate fossils from rocks).