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Kimberley Mine Museum

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Address: Tucker Street, Kimberley, South Africa
Phone Number: +27 (53) 833 1557
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Description: Restored buildings at this historic site include a pub, a smoke shop and...
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.
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The film gives historical setting

The movie is a great place to start, then moving on to the "Big Hole" The movie is an essential place to start any trip to Kimberley, and you get to understand how the rush for... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 24, 2015
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Hoddesdon, United Kingdom
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Hoddesdon, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

The movie is a great place to start, then moving on to the "Big Hole" The movie is an essential place to start any trip to Kimberley, and you get to understand how the rush for diamonds started and the origin of the hole. Enjoy the visit the vaults seeing "Actual" diamonds, from Rough to Cut/Polished are located. There are... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

We thought it was interesting to see all the diamonds and way of mining and the little movie of the big hole. we enjoyed it

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

Ok so you've seen photos.... they do NOT do justice to the fact of how BIG the hole is. The museum also has many interesting facts and diamond replicas, even a few real ones to show the different cuts and sizes.

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Canberra
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR PERSONAL SAFETY ANYWHERE IN KIMBERLEY!! A usual tourist style town in Kimberley's suburbs that you would find in any part of the world but it gives a little insight into the history of Kimberley so well worth the visit. Don't get sucked into panning for diamonds........:( As if there'd be any there! There is actually... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

This museum is well worth a visit. Not only historically well presented, but also scientifically an eye opener!!

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Springs, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

The view of the Big Hole is very impressive from the overhanging viewing platform. You only realise the sheer scale of this man-made wonder when you look at the tiny high-rise buildings on the opposite side. On the right of the viewing platform is an elevator taking you down to a replica mine tunnel showing a few old mining articles... More 

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Kimberley, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

A nice experience and one must at oeast go there once . Staff was very friendly and the tour was nicely presented

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Gaborone, Botswana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015 via mobile

This place is nicely done. The Family enjoyed it very much. Lots to see and learn about South African History. Educational and chuck full of information. Definitely worth the visit. Ben and Family Mission Botswana

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Kimberley, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

If you intend visiting the Open Mine Museum, make sure you avoid the Kimberley CBD. My daughter got mugged outside the Home Affairs Offices yesterday by 5 knife wielding men. Do not expect any help from the police - they do not even answer their telephone.

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Durban, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

Go back in time to the days of the diamond rush and walk among preserved buildings & way of life. Guided tour offers a glimpse of the mining operations in the mine & the view of the big hole from the suspended view point is exceptional. Museum visit offers a unique insight into the rich history including a walk in... More 

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