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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
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Type: History Museums, Observatories/ Planetariums, Museums
Owner description: The Iziko South African Museum houses more than one and a half million specimens of scientific...
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Type: History Museums, Observatories/ Planetariums, Museums
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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.

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Inverness, United Kingdom
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120 reviews 120 reviews
56 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

As with most places in South Africa, entrance is very cheap and this is a good option for a rainy day. To be fair, we only saw parts of the museum albeit parts which were recommended as the better bits. These were rather mixed. There did seem to be a lot of wasted space with rather dated displays but some... More 

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Ceres, South Africa
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

As part of the sightseeing bus tour we visited the museum and planetarium. We were so impressed with all the exhibitions that we decided to stay a bit longer and check out a show at the planetarium! It was very much informative and fun! I was kind of expecting more of South Africa's history but overall a great experience

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46 reviews 46 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

Dirty windows, dated displays, carpets needs a good vacuum, lots of displays missing! Many boxes and I assume building materials piled up under whale skeleton! Nice show! We had good quality coffee at coffee shop.

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Cape Town
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41 reviews 41 reviews
14 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

Remembered it to be bigger, but guess everything is when you are a child. Went with the hubby on Saturday, the last time I was here was in primary school, so it was different from what I remembered but I still enjoyed it. Definitely something to do if you love museums and stargazing.

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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17 reviews 17 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

Awesome option on a rainy day or Sunday.. I think entrance is free.Kids friendly and always fun for families

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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42 reviews 42 reviews
14 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

We had a rainy day in Cape Town so decided to go to Iziko museum to stay away from the rain, and ended up very pleased with our choice. We bought a combo ticket for the museum + planetarium (40 ZAR) and spend almost 3.5 hours there. The museum basically presents 3 main things: 1. Anthropology exhibitions on the tribes... More 

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Tempe, AZ
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31 reviews 31 reviews
10 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

The museum is a great place for natural history buffs. They have a great display on local rock art and the history of the Khoisan people as well as extensive exhibits on the wildlife of South Africa. Some of the taxidermy is a bit cheesy, but overall, it is an informative and fun place to visit.

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Cape Town, South Africa
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18 reviews 18 reviews
17 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

I always visit museums first when I go to a destination. It tells me more about the country that I'm in and then I can't wait to get exploring. I visit the museum once a year with the family. It has displays on early life in South Africa including tribes and history. A big favorite of mine is the animal... More 

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Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
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52 reviews 52 reviews
17 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

If you are a museum buff, you will love this museum! See Khoi San history, rock paintings, 3floors of marine exhibitions, rotating photo exhibitions, planetarium shows and many, many more! Make a day trip out of it in Cape Town CBD, wander through company gardens and pack a picnic :)

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Cape Town
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149 attraction reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Been there a couple of times over the years and always educating and enlightening. the kids love the place with the large scale models. the planetarium show is also fascinating. if you are into museums, then make sure not to give this one a miss. the adjoining company gardens is also great and the arts museum is meant for a... More 

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