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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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a small but very interesting place to visit

It's worth visiting the Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex and as well the post-office-tree next to it. The Shell museum is very interesting but the most important to see is the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
Elisabeth G
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Mossel Bay, South Africa
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Mossel Bay, South Africa
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

It's worth visiting the Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex and as well the post-office-tree next to it. The Shell museum is very interesting but the most important to see is the Caravel in the main building, a life-size replica, made in Portugal and shipped to Mossel Bay in 1988. Don't miss this beautiful museum!

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Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

I loved the whole experience. The Bartlomeaus Dias ship replica is amazing and to be able to walk on it even better. The experience of walking in the museum and hearing creaking noises makes it so much more fun sounds like the ship is sailing and men hammering. The shell museum was wonderful seeing crayfish and octopus species and then... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Very nice museum complex. Loved the maritime museum especially exploring all the rooms of the caravel replica.

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Port Elizabeth
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

The replica of the Dias' caravella is a must to see. The buidings are a bit disjointed and not very good sinage.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

The boat was really interesting and the shell museum was enjoyable. The kids enjoyed exploring the boat as well as the mini aquarium. The postal tree was awesome in its intricate growth.

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Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

Very interesting place but once was enough. They charged extra to visit the galleon but worth every penny. The garden area is very pretty as well.

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

The museum is pretty average. The best part of this place is the garden walk with takes you past monuments to significant events surrounding Diaz's landing, the post office tree and the establishment of Mosselbaai.

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

The best thing about the museum by far is the replica of the galleon, which was actually sailed from Portugal here. Although it does have a modern galley (kitchen) and sleeping quarters - the original sailors would have slept on deck. You can clamber around the boat as much as you want so a good place to take children. My... More 

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Lisbon, Portugal
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

This museum surprised us with the exhibits. There is a replica of the Portuguese galleons that landed in Mossel Beach (Diaz Beach). The vessel was really made in Portugal, and made the trip just like Bartholomew Diaz did in the 1500's. We were able to go inside and peruse the vessel. Other exhibits cover the life of the bay, flora... More 

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

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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