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Kimberley Mine Museum

Tucker Street, Kimberley, South Africa
+27 (53) 833 1557
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Ranked #3 of 8 attractions in Kimberley
Type: Specialty Museums
Owner description: Restored buildings at this historic site include a pub, a smoke shop and the De Beers family home. The mine itself is an astonishing crater from which... more » Owner description: Restored buildings at this historic site include a pub, a smoke shop and the De Beers family home. The mine itself is an astonishing crater from which over 22 million tons of earth has been removed by hand. « less
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Mossel Bay, South Africa
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Be sure to go under ground and see what is there. It is really incredible to see what they found, their daily routine and all the info about how it started. Do yourself a favour and enjoy the experience. I thought I wasn't going to like it.

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Ezulwini, Swaziland
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed our stop-off here. Definitely worth the time. Professional displays, a really good video/film show and of course the dramatic big hole itself!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

A small city in a vast, dry, dusty, sparsely populated province, Kimberley has much of interest for the visitor, not the least of which is the Open Mine Museum. It is said that you have not seen 'the whole of Kimberley until you have seen the Hole of Kimberley.' It is incredible to read a comment from a visitor that... More

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London
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103 reviews 103 reviews
19 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

Came to Kimberley to see the Big Hole and were pleasantly surprised by the Mine Museum. Admittedly the hole itself is not enormous, but the cantilever viewing deck is impressive and allows for some good photos. The Museum is well laid out. Lots of historical background from the discovery of diamonds at Kimberley to the colonialists who profited. Also graphic... More

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Wokingham, United Kingdom
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81 reviews 81 reviews
27 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

This mine known as “The Big Hole” has been closed for some time and was variously an open cast mine and latterly, an underground mine. It has been allowed to fill with water and it is now a museum showing how it used to work. As museums go it is very average and the exhibits a bit weak. We had... More

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Johannesburg
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27 reviews 27 reviews
4 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

We did not do a tour, but did everything the tours did. There is almost too much information to take in but a very informative, well made movie kicks the whole thing off. The old town is lovely with some of the original furnishings. The hole is a sight to behold. The ONLY thing that is really really terrible is... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

Tourguide totally disinterested. No information given before tour began. Venue has so much potential but guides may need incentives to offer at least the basic services. Cost was exhorbitant for what was on offer. Won't be going back and won't recommend

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Hermanus, South Africa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

A visit to the Big Hole is definitely a worthwhile tourist experience. It is however very disappointing to see a Commemoration Plaque dedicated exclusively to the mine workers from the Bafokeng Regiments who died in the days when the mine was in operation. Without the technology, skills and know how of the European, North American and Australian miners who created... More

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38 reviews 38 reviews
20 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2013

This is a replica of the mine town how it used to be 100 years or so ago. It is interesting but it could be a bit better with some more information about each building replica and the history behind it. Tram rides are offered at the museum, but this can rather be skipped. You just drive about 1km out... More

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Swadlincote, United Kingdom
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77 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2013

It's a part of the Big Hole complex and they tried to give you a mine feeling, but, it's too fake really specially if you have been in real mines, museum mines. Do it for the Big Hole, not for the actual mine.

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