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Kimberley Mine Museum

Tucker Street, Kimberley, South Africa
+27 (53) 833 1557
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Ranked #4 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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London
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98 reviews 98 reviews
15 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 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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27 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 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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4 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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6 helpful votes 6 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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46 helpful votes 46 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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Kimberley, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

Here one finds a stunning display of imitation diamonds and a walk in safe with the genuine stones of every colour. The South African time line is also very interesting as well as the various houses, first church in Kimberley and businesses of the diamond mining era

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RSA
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3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2013

Other than the fantastic view of the big hole from the viewing platforms, the museum is a town using original buildings from the mining days furnished with items of the day, it really takes you back in time, to see how the people lived, the tools they used and the early history of the town

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Verona, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

The Big hole and Kimberley Mine Musuem is truly like stepping back to the previous century. The authentic buildings in the mining town transports one back to the era of diamond mining and whilst the ultra modern mine museum effectively guide the visitor through the decades and centuries of the history of not only Kimberley and the diamond history but... More

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