We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex

Improve this listing
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: Market Street, Mossel Bay 6500, South Africa
Phone Number: +27 (0)44 691 1067
Website

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 169 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 40
    Excellent
  • 91
    Very good
  • 27
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
500 year old tree!

The complex consists three out buildings and a walking path. Great museum for kids. There is a small aquarium, extension sea shell collection, an explorer ship and local... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 2, 2015
Wendy R
,
Dumfries, Virginia
Add Photo Write a Review

169 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Your overall rating of this attraction
Roll over, then click to rate
  Click to rate
Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
Dumfries, Virginia
Level Contributor
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

The complex consists three out buildings and a walking path. Great museum for kids. There is a small aquarium, extension sea shell collection, an explorer ship and local vegetation. A must see!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Cape Town Central, South Africa
Level Contributor
140 reviews
68 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Mossel Bay is a lovely place to visit and the museum is worth a visit if you are interested in seafaring history. It is relatively small compared to many museums, but houses some interesting artefacts.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Potchefstroom, South Africa
Level Contributor
10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

I've stayed in Mossel Bay for a big part of my life and only visited this complex when I was very young. As a native of Mossel Bay, I knew all about the importance of Diaz and the "ship" he came with. So during our last visit there, we decided to visit it once more, and great was my surprise... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
UK
Level Contributor
11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

Really interesting and well laid out museum. Not a huge area to visit, but in different sections with a pleasant garden area between I particularly liked being able to climb down into the ship and have a look about.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Dudley, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

My family and I had visited Mossel Bay before settling there for several years. There are many attractions, but the Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex is a "not to miss" attraction. The centrepiece is a reconstruction of the ship which sailed from Portugal first found Mossel Bay and named it! The other fascinating attraction is the "post office tree" on the... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
North London
Level Contributor
12 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Impressive exhibition of marine exploration history and marine wildlife. A great way to while away a couple of hours our of the cold weather!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Mossel Bay, South Africa
Level Contributor
7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

It's worth visiting the Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex and as well the post-office-tree next to it. The Shell museum is very interesting but the most important to see is the Caravel in the main building, a life-size replica, made in Portugal and shipped to Mossel Bay in 1988. Don't miss this beautiful museum!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Level Contributor
11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

I loved the whole experience. The Bartlomeaus Dias ship replica is amazing and to be able to walk on it even better. The experience of walking in the museum and hearing creaking noises makes it so much more fun sounds like the ship is sailing and men hammering. The shell museum was wonderful seeing crayfish and octopus species and then... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Level Contributor
10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Very nice museum complex. Loved the maritime museum especially exploring all the rooms of the caravel replica.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Port Elizabeth
Level Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

The replica of the Dias' caravella is a must to see. The buidings are a bit disjointed and not very good sinage.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1

Travelers who viewed Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex also viewed

Mossel Bay, Western Cape
 
Mossel Bay, Western Cape
Mossel Bay, Western Cape
 

Been to Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex

Address: Address: Market Street, Mossel Bay 6500, South Africa
Phone Number: +27 (0)44 691 1067
Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Mossel Bay

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?