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Address: 10 Bathurst Street, Grahamstown, South Africa
Phone Number: (046) 622 2312
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This odd house is an eclectic melange of architectural styles, the whimsy...

This odd house is an eclectic melange of architectural styles, the whimsy of amateur astronomer Henry Carter Galpin. Locals would set their watches by the time on Galpin’s clock tower.

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the observatory is a nice way to experience the mirror system of viewing from a still position . museum is basic but pleasant

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Durban, South Africa
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Durban, South Africa
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92 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

the observatory is a nice way to experience the mirror system of viewing from a still position . museum is basic but pleasant

Thank kingsrest
Pietermaritzburg, South Africa
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7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015 via mobile

Our guide was friendly and knowledgable and we really enjoyed his tour of the upper levels of the observatory and of Grahamstown as a whole given through the camera obscura (apparently the only Victorian example in the Southern Hemisphere!). We didn't have much time to look at the exhibits in the museum but at a glance they looked amazing and... More 

Thank KayTunmer
Bloemfontein, South Africa
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41 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015 via mobile

Amazing museum filled with old Victorian clothing, equipment and technology. The Camera Obscura which is the only one in the Southern Atmosphere is mind-blowing and amazing!

Thank 136belinda
Einbeck, Germany
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

Here you can get a glimpse at the history of Grahamstown. Lots of information on the city and at the top a camera obscura. Old Moses takes you via a mirrorimage on a trip through the city.

Thank Johannes S
South Africa
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47 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

Cool view of grahamstown through the mirrored lens.. The walk up to the viewing room is quite steep (but short) and should not be done by someone with claustrophobia. Not sure why I had to pay at the end of the tour as well in the form of a "donation", as I paid to get into the museum

Thank Mykey123
Babenhausen, Germany
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113 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Friends took us to Grahamstown and to the camera obscura museum. We found it very worth the time, interesting and fascinated by the technic of the old system. You can watch allmost ever street around the museum. The guide talked a lot, unfortunatly mostly very mumbled, except for the demanding of tip ;-) If you're in Grahamstown, go for it.

Thank Ducky0606
Somerset West, Western Cape, South Africa
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189 reviews
110 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

The camera obscura was a revelation! Not sure what I was expecting, but I was astounded and amazed - worth it just for that. I was disgusted at the blatant and forthright manner in which the "guide/operator" asked for a tip after the talk. Disgraceful: the authorities should put a stop to that. It is unprofessional and gives them a... More 

1 Thank angtravel18
Paternoster, South Africa
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155 reviews
53 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014 via mobile

The camera obscura is the highlight and a must see. Objected though to the way a tin was produced at the end of the presentation for donations. Surely the staff are paid ? The museum is choc full of interesting Victorian exhibits but they now need an upgrade on their presentation. The house and the garden also needs TLC .

1 Thank CourteneyGeorge
Lagos, Nigeria
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112 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 141 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2013

The camera obscura is facinating as is the way they used to set the Grahamstown time. All the rooms provide a sense of the early years of Grahamstown with little interesting facts thrown in for interest.

1 Thank Rob N
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2013

The town had a lot to offer as a tourist and we found it very tidy/ save as the people were very friendly. People willing to help you if you get lost but over all places easy to find

1 Thank patty58nz

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