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Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex

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Address: Market Street, Mossel Bay 6500, South Africa
Phone Number: +27 (0)44 691 1067
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Interesting way to spend a few hours

Very interesting place but once was enough. They charged extra to visit the galleon but worth every penny. The garden area is very pretty as well.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 26, 2015
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Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

Very interesting place but once was enough. They charged extra to visit the galleon but worth every penny. The garden area is very pretty as well.

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

The museum is pretty average. The best part of this place is the garden walk with takes you past monuments to significant events surrounding Diaz's landing, the post office tree and the establishment of Mosselbaai.

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

The best thing about the museum by far is the replica of the galleon, which was actually sailed from Portugal here. Although it does have a modern galley (kitchen) and sleeping quarters - the original sailors would have slept on deck. You can clamber around the boat as much as you want so a good place to take children. My... More 

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Lisbon, Portugal
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

This museum surprised us with the exhibits. There is a replica of the Portuguese galleons that landed in Mossel Beach (Diaz Beach). The vessel was really made in Portugal, and made the trip just like Bartholomew Diaz did in the 1500's. We were able to go inside and peruse the vessel. Other exhibits cover the life of the bay, flora... More 

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

We took a whole morning to just wander around the complex, learning about fynbos, the creatures whose shells sometimes wash up on SA beaches, the history of maritime exploration and lots more. If you have kids, focus on the shell museum - some cool live creatures - and step aside the boat in the maritime museum. I'd give the museum... More 

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Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 via mobile

No charge unless you plan to climb on board the replica ship. But probably worth the small charge. We spent about an hour and half here . Enjoyed reading historical plaques. On a nice day ,the grounds would be appealing . Young children could enjoy running around . The "shoe mailbox " area is naturally overgrown but intriguing nonetheless .... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

As you walk in the museum it doesn't look like there's much to see, but the best part is the building with the replica boat in. Allow around an hour to explore it all. Lots of insights into exploration and sea travel through the decades. Also worth exploring the grounds to see the famous post box.

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bloemfontein
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

We visited this attraction in March 2015. Paid R20 per person and spent almost 3 hours there. From the "acquarium" to going onto the Caravelle, taking photos while sitting in the Post Office Tree, walking down to Munro houses and eating ice cream on the veranda overlooking the harbour, to buying souveniers. The stained glass windows with the scenes of... More 

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Johannesburg
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

The caravelle is the main atraction and is a fascinating glimpse into the times when men must have been totally fearless. Lovely museum complex.

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Oudtshoorn, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

So many different things were shown at this museum; an ethno botany gardenm the aquarium buildning with lots of different fishes and other sea animals and of course the sea shells lovely displayed and then lastly the Batolomeu Dias museum with the model of ship he used for coming to this part of the world and many other interesting things

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