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“McGregor Museum in Kimberley well worth a stop” 4 of 5 stars
Review of McGregor Museum

McGregor Museum
5 Atlas Street, Kimberley 8301, South Africa
+27 (0) 53 839 2700
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Ranked #4 of 9 Attractions in Kimberley
Type: Museums
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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“McGregor Museum in Kimberley well worth a stop”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

Stop for a dose of Kimberley and Northern Cape heritage. Housed in a beautiful brown and white building that has been at times a sanatorium, a school, a hotel and a museum, the McGregor Museum has some fascinating exhibits on the natural and and cultural history of this off-the-beaten track province.

The sweeping staircase you see from the front door is impressive enough, but the many displays are worth a few hours of your time. They range from the Anglo-Boer War (the museum's building is where mining magnate and colonist Cecil John Rhodes spent the Siege of Kimberley during the Anglo-Boer War) to the prehistoric rock art and palaeoanthroplogy of the area.

The little gift shop is worth a quick browse and if you have more time, visit the fascinating Duggan-Cronin photographic exhibition of South African peoples taken in the early 20th Century which is located just next door.

Visited May 2014
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East London, South Africa
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“Step back in time...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

Step back in time, a museum more suited to museuming 50 or so years ago!
While exhibits are interesting and informative, the style is quite dated and old fashioned. Exhibits are mostly old and a little moth eaten. Some exhibits incomplete with black gaps or missing displays.

McGregor Museum is not suited to visitors with children as all exhibits are reading based. Adults can spend an interesting couple of hours...reading their way around a beautiful building.

We were treated to a cleaning crew in the animal exhibit, glass cleaners added to the atmosphere in the siege if Kimberley exhibit and gardeners in grounds adding modern touches to any attempts to photograph the house.

Not sure why we needed a room dedicated to the African American fight for equality.

Visited April 2014
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“McGregor Museum”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

We visited the museum at 2pm on the 17th April, 2014. The person in charge had already turned all the lights of and we were told that all government employees are finishing at 2pm due to the fact that it was Good Friday the next day! Eventually he reluctantly switched all the lights back on and opened up for us, and there were a few other people too.

Visited April 2014
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“ok”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

Ok if you have a hour or so to spare. Beautiful building but exhibits bit disorganised and disjointed and felt more aimed at school groups

Visited April 2014
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“McGregor Museum”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

Very helpful person at the info center. Museum well laid out. Did not really like the comparison of RSA to the USA in their comparison to segregation of races and colour

Visited March 2014
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