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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

I was there this weekend, and the place really blew my mind. It is very well done, kept clean, well maintained, and provides excellent educational entertainment. Would definitely recommend!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

A good rainy day place to go. It's a typical natural history museum - nothing over the top. It's currently being upgraded.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

The South African Museum and Planetarium exhibits are well made and very educational. Each part of the museum appeals to various areas of the sciences -- geological finds, natural history and biological sciences, cosmology and astronomy, and also evolution and paleontology. Each exhibit is well made and well maintained. With so much knowledge to be gleaned, the Museum and Planetarium... More 

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Pretoria, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

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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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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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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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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Additional Information about Iziko South African Museum and Planetarium

Address: Between Government Avenue and Queen Victoria Street, Cape Town Central, South Africa
Phone Number: +27 21 481 3800
Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Cape Town  >  Cape Town Central
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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