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Kimberley Mine Museum

Tucker Street, Kimberley, South Africa
+27 (53) 833 1557
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Ranked #2 of 8 Attractions in Kimberley
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
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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.

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Kimberley, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

The Big Hole Town and Museum are world-class. You step into the old era of the mining days with shops, bars and banks. A little tram ride just adds to the experience. I would recommend the Guided Tour when you decide to go to the hole itself, there is so much information that the guides provide that you will not... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

A well prepared and thought out Museum. I enjoyed the experience tremendously and was so happy I made the effort to visit. I recommend it to all my friends.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

Great collection of reconstructed authentic buildings with interiors stacked with fascinating artefacts. It's great to wander round the shops, offices, churches and medical premises of old Kimberley. We enjoyed this immensely, despite the air of neglect in some areas and missed opportunities for interesting interpretation in others.. We had lunch at the Occidental, highly recommended. As a history buff I... More

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Bloemfontein, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

The way Kimberley were in the 1800's. A part of history that must be preserved for many years to come

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Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

If you are in Kimberly don't forget to stop at the Kimberly Diamond Mine to see all the different types of diamonds the History of the mine. There is an old town you can walk through to see how they did it in the old days. Accommodation available at the mine. You can even try your luck in sifting through... More

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Jeffreys Bay, South Africa
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

Poor service, but food was good. Quite noisy but I guess one can expect a noisy restaurant at Kimberley's most famous tourist attraction.

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

The cost to look in the hole is crazy. However, the tour around the old town was interesting. This museum has become too commercialized and has lost its flair since i last visited it 20 years ago.

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Kimberley, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

This mine museum is not only in the centre of town but is at the heart of Kimberley history! The film shown to help visitors understand the history is well done, the museum and especially the visit to the vault with the diamonds is beautiful. And the view of the Big Hole is breathtaking. We enjoy walking around the old... More

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Mossel Bay, South Africa
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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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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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