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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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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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Great history of eveolution

Probably wouldn't have gone here if not for an 11 year-old needing to be entertained but it was close to the hotel and turned out to be quite interesting. Obviously a required... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Nathan_Barnaby
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great value. Witty presentation of the awesome universe that we live in. I could visit this place repeatedly.

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Thank ZaneFa
Littleborough, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My expectations for the museum were perhaps unrealistic. Its emphasis was on natural history (flora, fauna and geology). I expected more about the 'human' history of the country, but on reflection it was constrained by the absence of pre-settler documentation. Having said that, the exhibits were well laid out. I did not visit the planetarium and therefore cannot comment on... More 

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Thank KBofLB
California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Probably wouldn't have gone here if not for an 11 year-old needing to be entertained but it was close to the hotel and turned out to be quite interesting. Obviously a required visit for local school children it had some fascinating displays of whale skeletons and the evolution of fish to human, including the most rare, deepest-ocean living ancestors. The... More 

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Thank Nathan_Barnaby
Johannesburg, South Africa
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14 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited the museum and planetarium in December. The museum was good; interesting exhibits on Darwin in the Cape, rock paintings and the African dinosaurs. The adults show at the Planetarium however was absolutely fascinating, and definitely worth making time for. Also interesting to stroll through the Company Gardens before or after the museum, and stop to feed the squirrels

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Thank Clare D
Shelly Beach, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

we could not believe how cheap it is to enter this facility. the displays are amazing. from the San rock art, to whale carcasses, to fossils, to a touch and feel display. definitely a must. the curator here needs to be commended on a brilliantly run facility

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Thank Chantel E
Cape Town, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The area has lots of things for children to explore. Both dinousaurs and the big animals living in Africa. The exhibition is situated in three floors and there is a pleasure to follow the kids running and talking about all the animals

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Thank 509ulfh
Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Being a lover of museums, I was really looking forward to visiting this one. Fair enough it is situated in a stunning location, a beautiful garden a full of history but that is where all the excitement ends. The displays in the museums looked to me have all seen better days and in some places were not even well lit.... More 

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Thank EZM2607
Cape Town, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Planetarium has a lovely program for children with a worksheet after the movie. Lovely experience.

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Thank HsingE
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Took the kids out during the school holidays and we visited the museum and planetarium. Closely located next to the Company gardens in the middle of town. We had 6 kids ranging from 5 years to 12. They really enjoyed the exhibits. Renovations currently taking place so some exhibits were not available. The show at the planetarium was outstanding and... More 

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Thank 276natashaa
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Museum is very knowledgable. A little bit missed up in terms of direction but is very good. But i lost my camera there ans i found zero support from the staff and was never known where it is because they checked footage after 3 days

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Thank Hend L

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