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Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex

Market Street, Mossel Bay 6500, South Africa
+27 (0)44 691 1067
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Ranked #7 of 20 attractions in Mossel Bay
Type: Specialty Museums
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Somerset West, South Africa
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Had very little time - early closing at 1700. Impressive caravel and museum. Ocean museum in separate building was good. Children enjoyed the secure park with various artifacts

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Sydney, Australia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 via mobile

Lovely way to spend a leisurely morning or afternoon, and enjoy the different aspects on display. Small museums, so kept my interest. Particularly enjoyed the Post Tree and Dias Caravel. Interesting to learn some history about Mossel Bay.

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East London, South Africa
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Very good. Informative. Lovely ship to explore, old post boot to post a postcard and interesting shell museum.

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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38 reviews 38 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Enjoyed the history of the Post Tree where you can still mail cards which then receive a special postage stamp. The Maritime Museum was exceptionally interesting with a life size replica of Dias' boat and all the details regarding the difficulties of sea faring in Dias and Vasco da Gama's time.

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Oudtshoorn, South Africa
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Lots of interesting items on show + the Shell museum was great with lots of large fish & shells to see

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Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

The one place we don't have any interest in visiting when we go places is a museum. But we made an exception and visited Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex because it was right next door to our accommodation in Mossel Bay. And it was actually fun and informative. I like the easy-to-explore lay-out of the museum. And small enough to go... More

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Cape Town
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70 reviews 70 reviews
35 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

This is a must stop for visitors on the Garden Route. A replica of the caravelle used by Bartolomeu Dias can be viewed and one can board the vessel. It is amazing how the Portuguese explorers circumnavigated the globe in such a small vessel. One will appreciate the courage that these people had, when the explored the world. No technology,... More

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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

Very outdated museum. Did not like the fact that the first picture I had to see was that of Mr P.W. Botha. it left a very bad taste in my mouth and brought back bad memories of my youth in the South African army. The displays are very outdated and faded. I would not return.

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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7 reviews 7 reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

Well worth visiting the Dias museum. Unfortunately we did not have enough time to read everything at the museum. Will definitely be back when we have more time to spend at the museum.

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East London, South Africa
12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014 via mobile

We visited the museum this morning. The plant information in the ethno botanical garden does not correspond to the plants that are planted around the information boards. The Munrohoek houses are not open for visitors and they are inhabitant by people with private signs all over them. The fountain is filthy with plastic bags and paper all over it. The... More

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