The main theme of the exhibition was "rhythm of life. The exhibits showed some spectacular snapshots of South Africa's history, which begins before the dinosaurs with human settlement, conquest, liberation and the final celebration of freedom.
Among the exhibits were the so-called "Eve's Footprints", fossilised human footprints found in South Africa that are at least 80,000 years old. Some of the world's oldest rock paintings were also on display. The coelacanth, a 400 million year old "living fossil" fish that predated even the dinosaurs by a few million years, was discovered living on the coast of South Africa and stimulated the imagination and the scientific mind.
There was also the story of how modern scientists, working on genetic manipulation, are trying to revive the kwagga, which is a distant ancestor of the zebra. Other topics covered in the exhibition were: South African mining and mining technology, the many applications of mineral resources, biodiversity, space exploration, and other major research and development projects.