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Kimberley Mine Museum

Tucker Street, Kimberley, South Africa
+27 (53) 833 1557
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Ranked #2 of 9 Attractions in Kimberley
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Owner description: Restored buildings at this historic site include a pub, a smoke shop and the De Beers family home...
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Type: Specialty Museums, 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 over 22 million tons of earth has been removed by hand.

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Durban, South Africa
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51 reviews 51 reviews
29 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 NEW

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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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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28 reviews 28 reviews
17 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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3 reviews 3 reviews
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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20 reviews 20 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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Bloemfontein, South Africa
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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9 reviews 9 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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