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Address: 10 Bathurst Street, Grahamstown, South Africa
Phone Number: (046) 622 2312
Description: 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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A look at the history of Grahamstown.

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 31, 2015
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Einbeck, Germany
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Einbeck, Germany
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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.

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South Africa
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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

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Ducktown
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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.

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Somerset West, Western Cape, South Africa
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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 

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Paternoster, South Africa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 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 .

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Lagos, Nigeria
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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.

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auckland
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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

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Grahamstown, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Worth a visit and the curators are so friendly and happy to have visitors pop by. The camera obscura is the highlight for sure as is the visit to this Victorian style building that used to belong to the local watchmaker.

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Darwin
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

I loved this quirky little museum and the 'real' sense you got of how people would have lived there back in the 1800's. The camera obscura was fascinating; I suppose in a way it was the world's first 'reality show' where people could spy on one another's activities?! The museum staff were friendly and chatty and we spent a very... More 

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Eastern Cape, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

The Observatory is worthwhile for the novelty of the 'camera obscura' which gives you a reflected view of the whole of central Grahamstown -- for a low price. The science behind the camera obscura it is interesting; watching pedestrians and spotting landmark sites around town is good fun! The rest of the museum is a bit 'olde-world' i.e. glass display... More 

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Address: 10 Bathurst Street, Grahamstown, South Africa
Phone Number: (046) 622 2312
Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Eastern Cape  >  Grahamstown

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