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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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Mossel Bay is not the most attractive of the Cape resorts but this museum makes it worth a visit. Indoor and outdoor sections with the highlight being the full-size replica of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 27, 2015
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England
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140 reviews 140 reviews
28 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

Mossel Bay is not the most attractive of the Cape resorts but this museum makes it worth a visit. Indoor and outdoor sections with the highlight being the full-size replica of Dias's ship, Lots of excellent paintings depicting the era. We spent over 2 hours there and thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Surrey, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Worth doing only if you are in Mossel Bay but I wouldn't make a special trip. The museum complex is free apart from the Maritime Museum which houses a life-size replica of the Dias Caravel. The main museum is in The Granary but there isn't that much to see and could do with an update. There is the 500 year... More 

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Horsham sussex
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

I really enjoyed our visit here. Being able to go aboard the boat was great. My thanks to whoever handed in my glasses.

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

Very well kept displays and a scale model of the ship Dias used. very enjoyable for small to teenage kids with interesting facts and artifacts that make this a great stop on your visit

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Netherlands
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

Entrance fee 20 Rand. Amateuristic lay out of the museum and what they had to show. Needs maintenance. Would not make a detour for it. Interesting info about sea shells and its use.

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Limerick, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

very good layout and design. wonderful replica of Portugese ship which was 1st to arrive in Mossel Bay.

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Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

I really enjoyed to be able to see a replica of a real historical ship and be able to climb on board as well. The museum is in good condition.

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Oslo
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

The ship Bartolomeu Dias that is a replica that sailed from Portugal to Mossle Bay at the 500th anniversary for Dias' voyage. Very good exhibit.

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Alberton, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

The younger generation of South Africans seem to be sadly uninformed about how the Europeans first got to South Africa and museums like this helps to bring history to life a bit. The displays are well marked with good information if you take the time to read it. The layout is very clever and leads naturally through the display in... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014 via mobile

Very fascinating, good to know SA History exciting to see the replica ship. Whole family enjoyed the tour

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