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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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Melbourne, Australia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

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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9 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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18 reviews 18 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
6 helpful votes 6 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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82 attraction reviews
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
26 helpful votes 26 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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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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leicester, england
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26 attraction reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

We spent about two hours in the museum on a very hot day. It is large and air-conditioned in several areas so was a pleasant environment. The first area covered history of Southern Africa and had very interesting and well planned exhibitions though the text in several of these was poorly lit and difficult to read. Nevertheless it made for... More

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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63 reviews 63 reviews
28 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

Having visited the Iziko museum around once a year since primary school, I am proud to say this is a very true and well presented reflection of South African history with an equal focus on wildlife, animals, flora and fauna and the people. Situated at the top of the Company's Gardens, you could easily make an afternoon of a visit.

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