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Address: Court Road, Simon's Town, South Africa
Phone Number: 21/786-3046
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Another Dutch East India Company property, this former governor’s home...

Another Dutch East India Company property, this former governor’s home contains crafts and artifacts illustrating local cultural heritage.

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A community driven museum

I saw the sign for the museum on my left as I was driving towards the cape and immediately pulled in to the large parking lot to have a look-see. A 10 rand contribution secured my... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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122 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I saw the sign for the museum on my left as I was driving towards the cape and immediately pulled in to the large parking lot to have a look-see. A 10 rand contribution secured my entrance and then I had a pleasant chat with the volunteer who was manning the cash desk that day. She explained a bit of... More 

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Gladstone, Queensland, Australia
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56 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2015

The museum used to boast having a German U boat open for inspection, but sadly it is no longer there. However the main part of the museum open most days between 9am and 3:30pm has an exhusiting range of naval and maritime artefacts including deck guns and RADAR targeting equipment. Entrance is free and well worth a couple of hours... More 

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Petaluma, California
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26 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015

Lovely old building with some interesting objects from Simon's Town's past and an ok place to spend a 1/2 hour.

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Thank Mignonnenrose
Durban, South Africa
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39 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

Having visited this museum many years ago, I was a little disappointed that the navy section had shrunk somewhat. Worth a visit though. The history of Simon's Town is interesting.

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Thank PixmanSA
Cape Town
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13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2015

I enjoyed wondering around the museum, which had some interesting local history and lore. I like the old costumes and the story of Just Nuisance. They show interesting movies from time to time.

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Thank carolkI9800SH
Cape Town, South Africa
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18 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015 via mobile

The museum requires a donation - just call it a fee then!! Irksome. The museum is just okay. If it's raining, could fill some time between other activities. I think the Naval Museum is more interesting, but it is a naval town after all. The museum has several rooms and a second floor but the displays seem a bit over... More 

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Thank UnderwaterWendy
Dubai
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65 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 via mobile

We visited this small museum and found it very interesting. They had some interactive displays to keep the children happy. We were really glad that we stopped to have a look at this museum. Definitely somewhere to stop if you want some history about Simon's Town.

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Thank Peanut_face
Noordhoek, South Africa
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125 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 via mobile

Worth a visit, small entrance donation. The history of the place includes Simon van der Stell who discovered Simon's Town and was the governor of the cape for 30 years, I also found that Stellenbosch was named after him and he lived at Groot Constantly wine farm. Good views of the harbour from the balcony.

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Thank Mikebarn
Johannesburg, South Africa
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9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

I spent a day alone at the museum, really taking my time viewing the timeless vintage pieces and reading about the history. I went down to the holding cells all alone taking pictures. Everything from the museum itself to its contents, tell a story. This is a must visit when in Simonstown.

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Thank Brenda7556
Simon's Town, South Africa
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15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Simonstown has a very interesting history and this museum is a good place to connect with the past of this colonial outpost that has turned today in South Africas primary Naval Base.

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