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Kimberley Mine Museum

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Address: Tucker Street, Kimberley, South Africa
Phone Number: +27 (53) 833 1557
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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Impressive view, interesting museum and village, something for every interest.

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 12, 2015
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Springs, South Africa
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23 reviews 23 reviews
12 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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Bloemfontein, South Africa
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
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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96 reviews 96 reviews
7 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
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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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
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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43 reviews 43 reviews
15 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Enjoyable and very good. The tour could be a little more informative about the mining activity and what actually happened.

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Durban, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

This is a must see for any visitor to Kimberley, the museum is an encyclopedia of information and if you into history you could spend hours here. Its included in the big hole fee

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

Kimberley has great history however it lacka some creaticity spark. The locals have an opportunity to consider such which in return would create employment. The museum buzz is ao far brought in by the Blue Train enroute Cape Town.

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Northern Cape, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

It is really a trip down memory lane to visit the big hole museum. In the beginning if you see the transport (trams they used) and go into the building. Watch the Video and see what happened in those years. You go down and see what they saw and experienced. Go out and you look at the mine (you begin... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

A travel back in time, when pioneers were coming from all parts of the world to make a fortune. Some did, some died trying. it is a well preserved reminder of the harsh conditions that these frontier man and woman endured in these early days of mining.

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