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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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This is a Natural History Museum located in the Company's Garden, so the kids took the chance to feed some squirrels, pigeons and Egyptian geese before entering the museum. The... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 8, 2015
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Brasov, Romania
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Brasov, Romania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

This is a Natural History Museum located in the Company's Garden, so the kids took the chance to feed some squirrels, pigeons and Egyptian geese before entering the museum. The entrance fee for 1 adult and two children was less than 70 Rand (less than 5 Euro) - very well worth it and very cheap comparing to similar museums in... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

I really enjoyed this museum. There's a section on the history of the people and tribes of the area and a good section on Darwin too. The rest is similar to the Natural History Museum in London with stuffed animals, a dinosaur section and plenty more. The whale bones are pretty impressive! The entrance fee is well worth it and... More 

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Mississauga, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

On entry, there is a caution that some exhibits might not operate during any load shedding occurrence. We were also offered a complimentary admission to the nearby National Gallery which ultimately we could not use. This museum is immense and despite some closures due to ongoing renovations, requires more than the 90 minutes we could spend there. We missed the... More 

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Doha, Qatar
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

This was our first visit with our kids mainly to the Planetarium for education purposes for kids due that they are on homeschool plan. They were able to see Davey the Dinosaur expedition of the planets and enjoyed it greatly. We then finished it off with visit to the National Museum and they really enjoyed seeing the animals, rocks and... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

Just one of the best museums in Cape Town - the history of the South African people and the amazing landscapes of the country, so well-documented and wonderfully presented.

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I hadn't been for years but I remembered how fascinated I was the last time I'd been hence I thought it a good idea to take our niece. The enthusiasm we experienced through her 5 year old observations was wonderful. from the whale sounds to the dinosaurs to the african animal displays and the underwater display. A very worthy outing... More 

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Aspley Guise, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

There's a lot on display in this museum, so if you're with a family with younger kids there's certainly plenty to see. Larger fossils are especially good. Many exhibits are quite traditionally displayed though. Very nice modern cafe area. Didn't DO the Planetarium which maybe was a mistake.

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Hull England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

This is a really good museum and a real find for families with children. All aspects are presented very well and cover all of South African flora and fauna and wild life. To my mind its as good as the Natural History Museum in New York for a fraction of the price. I will return next year to see the... More 

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Pretoria
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120 helpful votes 120 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

We happened by the Museum as the Myciti Bus stopped near bye. The museum was under going some renovation, but it still lacked something to put it on your must visit places when in Cape Town. the Planetarium was worth the entrance fee though. There are a large number of exhibits ranging from dinosaurs, fossils etc. with a less than... More 

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Netanya, Central District, Israel
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

we arrived to the museum, very nice planetarium show, museum was under construction and alot of exhibits were unavailable. very nice experience and a big variety of sea and land craetures,

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