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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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Cape Town, South Africa
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18 reviews 18 reviews
18 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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
18 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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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211 reviews 211 reviews
143 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 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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Durban, South Africa
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

I took my daughter to watch the kids show and found that I enjoyed it very much. It was my first time visit to a planetarium so I was not sure what to expect. Apart from the museum the show is really the highlight. They have different shows for different levels of audience and I will be sure to go... More

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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52 reviews 52 reviews
28 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

It has been one of three mainstays of museums in central Cape Town. Its a museum with sometimes unusual displays and also features the Planetarium which offers short courses of learning more of the night sky.. All very well done .... I have been several times over the years .... Would recommend this gracious building and its contents. Sometimes these... More

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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30 reviews 30 reviews
15 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

During the school holidays the entry fee is half price. Children are all over the place and really get into the experience. The Madiba exhibition was a single room and rather disappointing but that was the only downside. The quality of the artefacts and models are breathtaking and wonderful.

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Melbourne, Australia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

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
31 helpful votes 31 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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Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
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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17 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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