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Cape Town Diamond Museum

Level 1, The Clock Tower | V&A Waterfront, Cape Town Central 8002, South Africa
+27 21 421 2488
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Owner description: The Cape Town Diamond Museum pays tribute to the world's most precious gem, the diamond.Discover a 3 billion year old story unfold from a diamond's formation to the final polished stone. Explore the origins of South Africa's famous diamond industry, and get introduced to some of the great names in diamond history, including Cecil John Rhodes, Barney Barnato and the Oppenheimer family. The Cape Town Diamond Museum also pays homage to the most famous South African diamonds and showcases specimens of Kimberlite rock dating billions of years old. Situated in the bustling heart of the Clock Tower precinct at the V&A Waterfront, the Cape Town Diamond Museum is a must-see for any visitor to Cape Town.

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Newport Beach, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Much smaller than I anticipated. It's not much of a museum - mostly a sales store full of display cases of gems. The prices are ridiculously high. We all commented that we could get better prices for the same quality gem at COSTCO! If you are looking for discounts on diamonds, So Africa is not the place. Even Joberg, which... More

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CTDiamondMuseum, Manager at Cape Town Diamond Museum, responded to this review

Dear Pam I Thank you for your recent review. The Cape Town Diamond Museum strives to deliver an informative diamond appreciation tour, taking visitors on a journey from a diamond's formation billions of years ago to the discovery of diamonds in South Africa which lead to the great Kimberley Diamond Rush, to the final polished stone so many admire today.... More

Sri Lanka
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Its a short but well organized simple tour. Gives you insight. Gives a fresh perspective of ladies best freind. 'Diamonds'

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CTDiamondMuseum, Manager at Cape Town Diamond Museum, responded to this review

Dear Damith_Dula Thank you for taking the time to review The Cape Town Diamond Museum. We are very happy to hear that you found the tour organized and insightful. Please do visit us again in the very near future. Kind regards The Cape Town Diamond Museum Team More

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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29 reviews 29 reviews
10 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Well, we were interested at the tour. They mentioned everything about diamond history and how do they discover it and then the way they starting produced to sell it.

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CTDiamondMuseum, Manager at Cape Town Diamond Museum, responded to this review

Dear Omar A We appreciate your feedback on your recent tour of the Cape Town Diamond Museum and we are delighted to hear that you gained further knowledge about the history and production of diamonds. Kind regards The Cape Town Diamond Museum More

Chicago, Illinois
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148 reviews 148 reviews
104 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

This museum is connected to a diamond store, but you can go to the museum without being forced to shop. With that being said, we had a good experience with a pleasant tour guide. The museum was small, but informative. It was a nice experience, but if time is short on your trip to Cape Town, this is something you... More

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CTDiamondMuseum, Manager at Cape Town Diamond Museum, responded to this review

Dear Traveler Kirsten B Thank you for taking the time to share your experience at the Cape Town Diamond Museum on Trip Advisor. We are pleased to hear that you found the tour to be pleasant and informative. We trust that you enjoyed your visit to South Africa and we hope to welcome you back again soon. Kind regards The... More

Tallinn, Estonia
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

We found the museum by coincidence. We missed the boat to Robben Island and then just decided to look around and saw the sign of the Diamond Museum. Our guide was very nice and warm and knew what she was talking about. We felt welcome :) The tour itself was very informative and interesting and I can say, that now... More

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CTDiamondMuseum, Manager at Cape Town Diamond Museum, responded to this review

Dear EretR Thank you for taking the time to write a fantastic review about The Cape Town Diamond Museum. We are pleased to hear that you found the tour informative and interesting and we look forward to welcoming you back in the very near future. Kind regards The Cape Town Diamond Museum Team More

Cape Town Central, South Africa
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15 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

The Cape Town Diamond Museum is a wonderful experience. They provide a solid lesson in the history of diamond mining in South Africa. It also is a fun lesson in diamond culture and the elements of design. The tour is well-paced and informative. The showroom is spectacular and highly impressive. It mirrors Audrey Hepburn's experience in Breakfast at Tiffany's. The... More

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CTDiamondMuseum, Manager at Cape Town Diamond Museum, responded to this review

Dear Noelle Koeries Thank you for taking the time to review The Cape Town Diamond Museum. We are very happy to hear that you found the tour informative and we will also be sure to pass your wonderful compliments on to Vivienne. Please do visit us again very soon. Kind Regards The Cape Town Diamond Museum Team More

Cape Town, South Africa
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

It was a complete coincidence that I visited the museum, I was avoiding the traffic after a busy day and happen to walk past. It was well worth the visit though! A short but informative introduction and history to diamonds, then they take you past the workshops into the sales room ie HUGE display of diamonds for sale. I received... More

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CTDiamondMuseum, Manager at Cape Town Diamond Museum, responded to this review

Dear BilboS2014 Thank you so very much for the lovely review. We will be sure to inform Chantel of your positive experience. Please do visit us again soon during working hours (9am - 3:30pm) to view the workshop in action. Kind regards The Cape Town Diamond Museum Team More

Cape Town, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Warm welcome by very attractive and well presented young woman. Throughout the whole tour she answered every one of our questions. The tour was extremely informative and the setting was grand. Icing on the cake was definitely the Ralph Lauren dress on display dontated by Charlize Theron which was worn at the Oscars along with a R20mil pendant made by... More

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CTDiamondMuseum, Manager at Cape Town Diamond Museum, responded to this review

Dear RJuul Thank you for your wonderful review on the Cape Town Diamond Museum. We are happy to hear that you found the tour interesting and informative. It’s always a pleasure for us to share our knowledge and passion for diamonds. We hope to welcome you back very soon. Kind regards The Cape Town Diamond Museum Team More

London
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12 attraction reviews
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

South Africa is the home of diamonds so where better than here to learn about them?! We had a fantastic guided tour with Vivienne (probably one of the best and genuinely friendly guides I've ever met) who took us through the history of diamonds, how diamonds are certified and then through to the workshops where you can see employees working... More

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CTDiamondMuseum, Manager at Cape Town Diamond Museum, responded to this review

Dear Ldnr Thank you for taking the time to review the Cape Town Diamond Museum on Trip Advisor. We are very glad to hear that Vivienne was able educate you more about the wonderful world of diamonds and we will definitely be sure to pass your lovely compliments on to her. Please do visit us again on your next trip... More

La Crosse, Wisconsin, United States
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71 reviews 71 reviews
48 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

This was a wonderful little experience! It is a bit hidden, but well worth the R50. They give you a brief diamond history, then give you a lot of the history of diamonds being discovered in South Africa. They have replicas showing the process of cutting and polishing a diamond, and also have replicas of world famous pieces. The best... More

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CTDiamondMuseum, Manager at Cape Town Diamond Museum, responded to this review

Hi Dustin B Thank you for taking the time to visit us at the Cape Town Diamond Museum. We are elated to hear that you enjoyed the experience and we hope you gained a wealth of knowledge on the wonderful world of diamonds. Kind regards The Cape Town Diamond Museum More

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