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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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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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 7, 2015
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Ducktown
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107 reviews 107 reviews
12 attraction reviews
87 helpful votes 87 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.

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Somerset West, Western Cape, South Africa
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120 reviews 120 reviews
70 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 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 

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Paternoster, South Africa
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107 reviews 107 reviews
22 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 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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92 reviews 92 reviews
26 attraction reviews
143 helpful votes 143 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.

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auckland
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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31 reviews 31 reviews
10 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
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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3 reviews 3 reviews
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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Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

Amazing technology from years back Interesting to see it actually work Interesting museum with many reminders of early settle life

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Grahamstown, South Africa
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2012

You have to visit on a sunny day so you can enjoy the views on the top - there is a really nice surprise I don't want to spoil. I take all my visitors there. The museum itself is old

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