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Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex

Address: Market Street, Mossel Bay 6500, South Africa
Phone Number: +27 (0)44 691 1067
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Ranked #2 of 6 Attractions in Mossel Bay
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
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Type: Specialty Museums, Museums

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Johannesburg
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 NEW

The replica ship was lots of fun and fascinating. Just enough information, good layout, good condition. Very reasonably priced. The post office tree just needs better signage but overall a wonderful way to spend a few hours out of the heat. Definitely worth a visit!

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Klundert, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

We came for famous Postal tree... Maybe because it was raining our mood was not that good, but It was only a tree With a name plate! In a very outdated museum! Don't put It on your list!

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Inverness, United Kingdom
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120 reviews 120 reviews
56 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

A mix of things here but the highlight is a full scale replica of the boat Dias sailed to South Africa in centuries ago. You can board the ship and go on deck and below. When you see the conditions the sailors faced and think of the kind of seas they sailed through, you can't help but be in awe... More 

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Bloemfontein, South Africa
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115 reviews 115 reviews
49 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

Being portuguese,I was excited to visit this museum. I was a bit disappointed in the state of the museum. I feel they can ask more for entrance and renovate the place. The exibits are very old and outdated,dirty and sometimes missing. The caravelle was cool though. Outside I was disappointed even more,as there were no paved roads to go to... More 

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Cantley, Canada
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36 reviews 36 reviews
12 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

We had been told the story of this explorer beforehand and maybe our expectations were too high but....the visit was disappointing to us. We even had to pay extra to get onto the ship (as opposed to just looking at it from the outside) and this is the main attraction. Not worth it.

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Suffolk UK
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18 reviews 18 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

Bit disappointed really. Apart from the replica of Dias's boat the other exhibits are a bit "basic". I can't say I would recommend though there is nothing actually wrong, just not very good.

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Ayrshire, Scotland
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8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

Museum has a lot of info about Portuguese seafarers, their discoveries, their navigation techniques, and their world maps. It includes very little about subsequent seafarers. At the entrance to the park near the Protea Hotel there is another small museum with info about apartheid. Though fairly basic in its presentation, it is very powerful in the message it provides.

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5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

This museum is very small. Along with an impressive replicated ship, it has some of the most impressive old maps of Africa and the world. The cartography is amazing. I wandered the outer corridor of the museum and was impressed with real maps by the explorers from Portugal and other places in the 1400's forward. These are hand drawn and... More 

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Randfontein
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

As proud South Africans, me and my wife made use of the oppertunity to visit this Museum during our visit to Hartenbos. We were pleasantly surprised at the value you get for your R20 per person entrance fee. There is a lot of reading to do as with most museums, but what makes this one special is the great photo... More 

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Sedgefield, Western Cape, South Africa
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

I am not a Museum person but enjoyed this experience. It was informative and interesting. The museum is well maintained and to think that people actually sailed the ship on the oceans is incredible. Pity no Coffee shop but otherwise very pleasant.

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