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Gold of Africa Museum

Address: 96 Strand Street | Martine Melck House, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
Phone Number: 27-21-405-1540
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Type: Art Museums, Museums
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phoenix az
12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Our walking tour's guide recommended visiting this museum, on Strand Street, but when we tried to do so a few days later, during the last week of July, 2014, it was closed because they are in the process of moving to another location entirely. A nice staffer allowed us in to browse the gift shop, which hadn't been packed up... More

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San Francisco, California
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123 reviews 123 reviews
87 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

Small museum. A very detailed history of gold depicted in maps, which you can read somewhere on the net I am sure. A small area with some gold artifact displays and an auditorium where they show "Gold!" from History Channel, which I am sure you can watch online for free...

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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95 reviews 95 reviews
20 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014

Great to visit, but not a must do. It was interesting to read more, see the beautiful displays and learn about the historical facts surrounding Gold in Africa. Not sure why they placed the Golden Lion on the top floor where you have to climb extremely steep stairs (there were already enough steep stairs before that!). Note: if you do... More

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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014

This was a very nice museum about gold in Africa, but focused more on west Africa than I expected. Now don't get me wrong, I love west Africa and their gold was the main source for European gold coins in the middle ages, so it's obviously important. I just expected a little more about South African gold in a South... More

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Centurion, Gauteng, South Africa
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70 reviews 70 reviews
45 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

I really enjoyed this museum and would have liked to have more time to spend there. Provides fascinating information on the history of gold in Africa through the ages, which is not well known. Beautifully crafted gold objects from various parts of Africa. I particularly admired a smallish golden elephant. My only criticism is that some of the information on... More

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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65 reviews 65 reviews
44 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

very interesting (privat owned) museum with beautiful objects in a nice building; the GOLD documentary wich is shown non stop in the museum about gold influence on the world history is very educational and makes this museum worth to visit.

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Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
16 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

We found this an extremely interesting visit. From what I can tell the artefacts were all collected by one man, an extremely wealthy man I should think. This is a true museum - in other words nobody is trying to sell you anything, no hidden agenda, although the shop does have some good quality gifts if you want to look.... More

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London, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
6 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013 via mobile

The curation of this small museum lets it down. We were given too little information about the pieces (eg dates). The pieces were too crowded together in each cabinet. We felt like we were looking at a random selection of pieces with no context. Perhaps we would have known more if we had paid for the audio guide (35 rand).... More

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Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
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129 reviews 129 reviews
38 attraction reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013 via mobile

Tis is a small museum which tries to show the use of gold in SA's history. It does a just OK job of it. Like the title of my review says, I have seen better. Maybe I am just jaded, but I was hoping for more.

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Porto, Portugal
11 reviews 11 reviews
10 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2013

In just one place ... Very nice gold history and huge contrasts of richness and poor people. If you have lucky you can drink something on the bar.

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