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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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Dangers in Kimberley

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 19, 2015
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Kimberley, South Africa
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Kimberley, South Africa
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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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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London, United Kingdom
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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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41 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
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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37 reviews 37 reviews
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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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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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Wilderness, South Africa
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33 reviews 33 reviews
3 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
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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21 reviews 21 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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