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Iziko South African Museum and Planetarium

Between Government Avenue and Queen Victoria Street, Cape Town Central, South Africa
+27 21 481 3800
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Type: History Museums, Observatories/ Planetariums
Owner description: The Iziko South African Museum houses more than one and a half million specimens of scientific importance. The collections now range from fossils... more » Owner description: The Iziko South African Museum houses more than one and a half million specimens of scientific importance. The collections now range from fossils almost 700-million years old to insects and fish caught last week. There are also stone tools made by people 120 000 years ago, traditional clothes from the last century, and T-shirts printed yesterday.The Planetarium, which is housed in the South African Museum building, is a celestial theatre in the round, utilising the complex Minolta star machine and multiple projectors to transport the audience through the wonders of the universe. The ultimate in armchair travel.Inside the domed auditorium, we can recreate the night sky, so whatever the weather outside, the Planetarium sky is always clear, an extraordinary audio-visual experience for old and young. « less
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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51 reviews 51 reviews
28 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

It has been one of three mainstays of museums in central Cape Town. Its a museum with sometimes unusual displays and also features the Planetarium which offers short courses of learning more of the night sky.. All very well done .... I have been several times over the years .... Would recommend this gracious building and its contents. Sometimes these... More

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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29 reviews 29 reviews
15 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

During the school holidays the entry fee is half price. Children are all over the place and really get into the experience. The Madiba exhibition was a single room and rather disappointing but that was the only downside. The quality of the artefacts and models are breathtaking and wonderful.

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Melbourne, Australia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

A good place to visit at a leisurely pace. The exhibits were quite well presented and informative although the route through could be confusing and the risk of missing certain parts high if you were on a tight schedule. Personally I found the section on African & South African history to be most enlightening. Unfortunately some parts were under construction... More

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Croydon, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

I visited this charming museum out of curiosity on the final day of my visit to Cape Town as it was opposite my hotel. It is small by the size of others I have been to, but nevertheless it was still an interesting place to visit. I found especially fascinating the exhibition about the ancient history of Southern Africa. I... More

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22 reviews 22 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

The museum was a bit too much for me. The blue and orange route were confusing me, it looked like a maze. I liked the parts where they show the African history. The other part with the mammals was overwhelming, wasn't well organized. At some parts of the exhibition there was no proper light so you couldn't read the descriptions.... More

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Sydney, Australia
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30 reviews 30 reviews
17 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

There's something unique and beautiful about this place--Both, the building and the exhibits. The building itself is an older Victorian style building with some amazing exhibits giving you unique insight into Africa as a continent and South Africa as a nation. The shows at the planetarium are worth the extra R10 admission but as the shows vary hour to hour... More

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Pietarsaari, Finland
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61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

The South African Museum is the oldest and largest museum on the sub-continent. The Museum is housed in an elegant late-Victorian building which was opened in the 1880's and has been enlarged with modern extensions. The ambience of the exhibits, which range from fossil footprints to trance-inspired San rock paintings, lends a unique atmosphere to performances and other events held... More

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

Very cool museum with a decent planetarium. A wide collection of african pre-historic animals, and a very cozy garden surrounding it.

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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3 reviews 3 reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

Seeing how people use to live and the hand-crafted items they made is beautiful. The sea life section is quite interesting. The stuffed animals are not too exciting, you'd rather want to see them alive than stuffed, they are common animals that are not extinct, it's worth a visit though.

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Midsomer Norton, United Kingdom
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212 helpful votes 212 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

This was Human Rights Day and the spring equinox so it was wonderful to have 29 degree heat and lots of families enjoying themselves. We had the added bonus of all exhibitions being free on these holidays. OK this building houses the Planetarium, café for light meals and a museum. It is not the best designed in the world (me... More

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