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Address: Between Government Avenue and Queen Victoria Street, Cape Town Central, South Africa
Phone Number: +27 21 481 3800
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Description: The Iziko South African Museum houses more than one and a half million...
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.
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The museum's exhibits were interesting, although some parts were rather creepy since not all the lights worked, like the exhibition of taxidermied mammals. Some of the information... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 30, 2015
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Pretoria, South Africa
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Pretoria, South Africa
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 NEW

The museum's exhibits were interesting, although some parts were rather creepy since not all the lights worked, like the exhibition of taxidermied mammals. Some of the information was also outdated, such as their information on "modern and latest" scuba gear. They are busy upgrading, so many areas were closed. However, they do offer free entry into the National Gallery as... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

I just love going to the Iziko Museum and Planetarium. I could spend (and do) hours just musing over all the interesting things. I've taken my nephews but as an adult I even go alone - often!!! Well worth a visit many times over.

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Kuils River, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

We go about every 2 years. My teenage son who is a science and history nut loves it just as much as the younger ones.

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London, England, United Kingdom
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21 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

We were pleasantly surprised by the show at the planetarium as we have never been. It was very educational and easy to understand for children. The museum has been updated and refreshed, but in a good way. Some of the old exhibitions were still there, but there were also new, more embracing exhibitions. A visit,most enjoyed by all.

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

last Sunday we went to the Iziko National Gallery in the Gardens, and saw 3 amazing exhibitions, all by artists I had never heard of before. there was "the Refusal of Time" by William Kentridge/ Dada Masilo, which was an incredible installation about... well I think it was about colonial history and time. There was also the Shared Skies exhibition... More 

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Cornelius, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

Excellent display of ex-living creatures. Or a taxidermist dream house. But, a real walk into the world of Africa wildlife and the "Cradle of Mankind". I thoroughly enjoyed the museum. I could only compare it to our Smithsonian . Quite a complement. I'm sure I missed. A lot and will try to go through again. It is competing with a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

One of the best museums in Cape Town, it is cheap, organized, big and very interesting. I reccomend you also do the planetarium visit, but pay attention to the time table cause this activity takes place in determined times.

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Woodford, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

The museum is quite small and only had three rooms,when we visited, the museum is very cheap to go into, art is very personal, so you may enjoy the art more than we did, but there is a great structure 'The Butcher Boys'

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Brasov, Romania
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54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

This is a Natural History Museum located in the Company's Garden, so the kids took the chance to feed some squirrels, pigeons and Egyptian geese before entering the museum. The entrance fee for 1 adult and two children was less than 70 Rand (less than 5 Euro) - very well worth it and very cheap comparing to similar museums in... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

I really enjoyed this museum. There's a section on the history of the people and tribes of the area and a good section on Darwin too. The rest is similar to the Natural History Museum in London with stuffed animals, a dinosaur section and plenty more. The whale bones are pretty impressive! The entrance fee is well worth it and... More 

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