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“IT'S HARD TO REMEMBER YOU ARE ON THE TIP OF AFRICA” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Iziko South African Museum and Planetarium

Iziko South African Museum and Planetarium
Between Government Avenue and Queen Victoria Street, Cape Town Central, South Africa
+27 21 481 3800
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Type: History Museums, Observatories/ Planetariums, Museums
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Owner description: The Iziko South African Museum houses more than one and a half million specimens of scientific importance. The collections now range from fossils almost 700-million years old to insects and fish caught last week. There are also stone tools made by people 120 000 years ago, traditional clothes from the last century, and T-shirts printed yesterday.The Planetarium, which is housed in the South African Museum building, is a celestial theatre in the round, utilising the complex Minolta star machine and multiple projectors to transport the audience through the wonders of the universe. The ultimate in armchair travel.Inside the domed auditorium, we can recreate the night sky, so whatever the weather outside, the Planetarium sky is always clear, an extraordinary audio-visual experience for old and young.
Ashby-de-la-Zouch, United Kingdom
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“IT'S HARD TO REMEMBER YOU ARE ON THE TIP OF AFRICA”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2013

Don't go here expecting it to be like the museums of other great cities. Go with an open mind and enjoy what is on offer as the staff work hard to make you feel valued without the monitory budget that is available in say Europe and the USA. Don't be put off by parking as you can use the sightseeing bus, or as it is in the city centre walk to it through the Companies Gardens.

Visited January 2013
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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“Museum mania”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

Standard museum with expected africa related exhibitions. There are some wow factors but can get a bit boring for the kids. Planetarium is fun but be careful not to dose off in the dark after a long day of exploring.

Visited October 2012
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Boston
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“Pleasantly surprised!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

This is a very nice museum that is well maintained, has some very interesting displays, and is a jewel of a place to see. Having visited other museums in New York, Washington DC, London, Tokyo and Paris, we would rate this place right up there only because it provided some great information about Africa's history, animals, fish, dinosaurs and climate. Although it can't compete, what they had was very informative, nicely presented, and fun to see. My wife and I were pleasantly surprised. We spent two delightful hours going through the museum, and could have spent much more. Also, they have a very nice restaurant with great cuisine. This is a can't miss place to visit!

Visited December 2012
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Knysna, South Africa
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“Must see”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012

Do not leave Cape Town without visiting here. Excellently presented, the knowledge one gains here of our South African skies, is priceless.

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Sydney, Australia
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“A lot to learn”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2012

A must see place.
Accessible, lots of information, not busy at all.
I was a bit disappointed, thought it would be bigger, with a larger collection.
But still it does teach us a lot about the african culture.
After that you should go to the Iziko Slavery Museum, not far from there.
Oh, and the cafe is very nice as well.

Visited December 2012
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