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C.P Nel Museum

3 Baron van Rheede Street, Oudtshoorn 6620, South Africa
27 044 272 7306
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Ranked #7 of 11 attractions in Oudtshoorn
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: History Museums
Description: A synagogue and other Jewish attractions are inside this quaint museum located across from the Tourist Information Bureau.
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Urdorf, Switzerland
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153 reviews 153 reviews
54 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Our experience is purely based on this one day, which was bad timinig. They were preparing for the Karoo Arts Festival and some rooms were going to be used for this, thus were several rooms stripped of their exhibitions and completely bare. For us this resulted in a poor experience, but we did get free entrance. It is actually a... More

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

I don't usually visit museums but this one was special. All the items on display were so interesting and well set out. We also walked to the Le Roux House but sadly didn't see inside as it closed it's doors just as we arrived.:(

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25 reviews 25 reviews
14 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

It tells it all. from the start off the ostridge and all it's historie. We took this second change to visit the museum and the federpalace. It is a shame that there is not enough money to keep everything in good condition

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74 reviews 74 reviews
41 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

Well worth a visit if only just to give you an insight into "old" Oudtshoorn. All sorts of interesting stuff and the old sandstone building is beautiful as well.

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Oudtshoorn, South Africa
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

The layout of the museum was quite interesting as it's set out in a way that replicates the past. There are so many aspects of this small town that many people are not aware of that I found so fascinating! Many people might not bee keen to visit a museum, but it has a Jewish synagogue, a replica of Standard... More

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Pretoria, South Africa
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28 reviews 28 reviews
15 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014 via mobile

Wow what a surprise ! There is so much to see in this museum , the displays are outstanding , there is a exact replica of the Jewish Synagog inside from Lithuania which is truly beautiful, there are displays of various things from clothing to cars etc.... You need about 3 hours to truly go through the museum , very... More

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6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

This museum is set out so well, it really keeps you intrigued and not bored to death like other museums. The old Standard Bank inside looks like something straight out of a cowboy movie, was awesome. The synagogue was beautiful and the story behind it even better. The museum really holds the history of Oudtshoorn from inspirational community stories to... More

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Nomad in the UK
17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

This looks like a dated and outdated venue and in some ways it is. But its very odd mix of exhibits and venue gives it an unexpected charm and I would recommend it.

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Port Elizabeth, South Africa
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

We visited the CP Nel Museum on the last day of our holiday in Oudtshoorn in October 2013. There are 2 of us that are quite into the academia area and quite enjoyed what was available to us. The reception was friendly and we were permitted free entry due to the reconstruction. We could see why they were revamping the... More

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Stellenbosch, South Africa
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41 reviews 41 reviews
5 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

i decided to visit the CP Nel Museum as I love to see how the people lived so many years ago and here at CP Nel you do find it. they were busy with renovations to the part that contained the actual information about oudtshoorn's ostriches and feathers and the "boom". the rest of the museum surprised me, you will... More

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