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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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Boats! Plants! Shells! A Post Tree!

We took a whole morning to just wander around the complex, learning about fynbos, the creatures whose shells sometimes wash up on SA beaches, the history of maritime exploration... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 23, 2015
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

We took a whole morning to just wander around the complex, learning about fynbos, the creatures whose shells sometimes wash up on SA beaches, the history of maritime exploration and lots more. If you have kids, focus on the shell museum - some cool live creatures - and step aside the boat in the maritime museum. I'd give the museum... More 

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Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW via mobile

No charge unless you plan to climb on board the replica ship. But probably worth the small charge. We spent about an hour and half here . Enjoyed reading historical plaques. On a nice day ,the grounds would be appealing . Young children could enjoy running around . The "shoe mailbox " area is naturally overgrown but intriguing nonetheless .... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

As you walk in the museum it doesn't look like there's much to see, but the best part is the building with the replica boat in. Allow around an hour to explore it all. Lots of insights into exploration and sea travel through the decades. Also worth exploring the grounds to see the famous post box.

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bloemfontein
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

We visited this attraction in March 2015. Paid R20 per person and spent almost 3 hours there. From the "acquarium" to going onto the Caravelle, taking photos while sitting in the Post Office Tree, walking down to Munro houses and eating ice cream on the veranda overlooking the harbour, to buying souveniers. The stained glass windows with the scenes of... More 

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Johannesburg
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

The caravelle is the main atraction and is a fascinating glimpse into the times when men must have been totally fearless. Lovely museum complex.

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Oudtshoorn, South Africa
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

So many different things were shown at this museum; an ethno botany gardenm the aquarium buildning with lots of different fishes and other sea animals and of course the sea shells lovely displayed and then lastly the Batolomeu Dias museum with the model of ship he used for coming to this part of the world and many other interesting things

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Mossel Bay
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

The Sailing vessel. Mossel Bay was visited long before Jan van Riebeeck landed in Cape Town so there is early history.

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England
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

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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