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Address: Market Street, Mossel Bay 6500, South Africa
Phone Number: +27 (0)44 691 1067
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Bartolomeu Dias Museum

Comming from the US to South Africa this museum brings into clear view the issues of Black struggles in Africa in a light that I have not thought of. The replica sailing boat was... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Alicia O
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Lydd-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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74 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The Museum is well set out and takes you through the history of early European explorers. The Post Office Tree is worth the entry fee.

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Thank inson2814
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37 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We went to visit this museum with our grandmother. It was packed with interesting facts and history. The replica of the Bartolomeu replica is a great experience, be sure to request an additional ticket to climb aboard and see the inside of a ship. The shell museum was very interesting too, we had no idea shells were so complicated and... More 

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Thank colleenlingwood
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Every museum should be like this. Wonderful garden, full size replica of explorer ship ,500 year old posting tree for your post cards and an aquarium. You can even walk through the garden to Santos beach which is fabulous.

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Thank Tonbon55
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Comming from the US to South Africa this museum brings into clear view the issues of Black struggles in Africa in a light that I have not thought of. The replica sailing boat was a great interactive walk on touch and feel that can bring on what it must of felt like to saile it from Europe to the point... More 

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Thank Alicia O
Cambridge, UK
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44 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The museum is built around a replica of Diaz's boat, which was actually sailed from Portugal to commemorate the 500th anniversary of his historic voyage (the moment the Portuguese realised they had rounded Africa) How small and primitive the boat was is a tribute to their astonishing courage & determination. Around the walls of the museum is a fascinating narrative... More 

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Thank TimEwbank
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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70 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

fascinating to learn so much about another of the world's great explorers. Reading about his exploits, I was amazed at the courage and determination required to set sail into the unknown. Some of the exhibits were poorly lit and hard to read but my general feeling was of being entertained on a wet afternoon.

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Thank Cuckooscot
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7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very informative experience. A must visit! Make sure to go on the caravel replica! It's walking distance from Santos Beach.

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Thank Rattan J
St Andrews
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197 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband loved this place. I am not a keen museum goer so it was less enthralling for me. Lots of different things to see and a lot of learning to be had. We spent three hours there and could have spent more. Very reasonable entry cost.

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Thank SandraSStAndrews
Herefordshire, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A good museum and spectacular replica ship to give you a taste and feel for the history of southern Africa and in particular, Mossel Bay.

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Thank Wilco-holiday
Malaga, Spain
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228 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Last time we were in Hermanus we came here and enjoyed our visit just as much as the previous one quite a few years ago, call it a refresher course if you want. Lovely informative and interesting.

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