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Iziko South African Museum and Planetarium

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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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Take the time to experience the South Africa Museum.

This is an interesting and educational activity for both children and adults. Exhibits are well done, including anthropology and natural history exhibits of land and marine... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 20, 2015
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East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
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East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

This is an interesting and educational activity for both children and adults. Exhibits are well done, including anthropology and natural history exhibits of land and marine life, most which can be seen in about an hour long walk. Unfortunately I missed the planetarium for lack of time. A great way to pass a rainy afternoon.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

For me a great mix of human anthropology (with section on rock art and an early pre-human species) and natural history (whale bones and models of lots of local animals). A pretty small museum but none the less nice to spend an hour in.

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Cape Town, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Well done to the Iziko South African Museum for providing world class facilities and exhibitions. Simply the best museum I have ever visited! There is a little bit of everything from the evolution of man.. to ocean animals..to dinosaurs.. to land animals.. to planets. The huge dinosaur and whale skeletons on display are unbelievable. I would love to go back... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 via mobile

I'm always looking for new and interesting things to do in Cape Town, and in this spirit visited the Planetarium for one of their shows - an experience I thoroughly enjoyed. They have plenty of shows at various times during the day - have a look beforehand and decide what interests you. The shows are short, and easy to fit... More 

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Stellenbosch, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

We watched a great presentation at the Planetarium - very informative! The seats are comfortable and the view incredible! It is like being among the stars.

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Media, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

We are so glad our tour stopped here! The museum has so much to see and is so informative. We really enjoyed every exhibit we saw--we learned so much.

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Took the boys as they have been begging to go to the Museum. Last I was there was possibly 30 years ago. It was so so interesting to see all the small things that I forgot about our ancestors. I liked that they had authentic clothing and showed the huts. The animals was just as interesting as well as the... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

The facility and exhibits are dated and worn. There is a perfunctory room dedicated to Nelson Mandela but it falls short of being educational or contextual for a natural history museum. The key feature appears to be the whale room - three stories of both skeletons and fiberglass mock-ups, with whale sounds running on soundtrack loop in the background. Unfortunately,... More 

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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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