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Address: 10 Bathurst Street, Grahamstown 6139, South Africa
Phone Number: (046) 622 2312

This odd house is an eclectic melange of architectural styles, the whimsy...

This odd house is an eclectic melange of architectural styles, the whimsy of amateur astronomer Henry Carter Galpin. Locals would set their watches by the time on Galpin’s clock tower.

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An experience. ...well worth a visit...not something you see very often ... (the outside could do with a different colour coat of paint )

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 13, 2016
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Grahamstown, South Africa
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very interesting place with lots of old stuff and the most interesting telescope definitely a must when in Grahsmstown

Thank cnrdhnkm
Kenton-on-Sea, South Africa
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6 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2016

I have been here before and found the visit very worthwhile and interesting. After checking on the Albany Museum website to confirm hours of opening (Sat 09:00 to 13:00 we decided to go on Saturday morning. After a 65km drive from Kenton-on-Sea we were disapointed to find the museum closed.

Thank AddieWolf
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27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016 via mobile

An experience. ...well worth a visit...not something you see very often ... (the outside could do with a different colour coat of paint )

Thank sea143
Sydney, Australia
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19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016 via mobile

Very worthwhile and reminds us of a bygone era where eccentric inventors would create magic from science and art, usually with a mixture of determination and imagination.

Thank gpsnomad
Grahamstown, South Africa
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54 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2016 via mobile

I've visited this museum as a child and an adult. I think it's very special. It contains the only traditional camera obscura in the Southern Hemisphere in the home of the man who made it. The house is decorated as it would have been at the time the camera was built - in the style of a 19th century settler... More 

Thank Greenhatgirl
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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35 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2016

This is the second time we viewed this museum and the observation post, and every time we are intrigued about the level of craftsmanship of all creations here. Welll worth a visit, guided tour inside...

Thank NickyVR1
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28 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2016 via mobile

I've never seen a camera obscura in action before and it is very interesting and very worth the R10 entrance fee. The rest of the meseum, as is often the case with our local museums, is a bit sad and tired. Peeling paint, unfinished rooms, dilapidated garden. Still has some interesting pieces though.

Thank Carla P
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16 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2016 via mobile

While the museum itself is very tired and has little of real interest the climb to the rooftop observatory and the camera obscura is very interesting. The museum guide was very informative and the camera was used to show a 360 degree sweep of the town with historical notes that were illuminating. The climb and spiral access is maybe not... More 

Thank 1951art
Haenertsburg, South Africa
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2016

My daughter and I climbed the 76 stairs to look at the Camera Obscura, which was fascinating and well worth a visit, Be sure you arrive at the museum before 4 as they close for visiors early. When you walk around the large white disc you are shown several angles of the view from the tower shown by the camera.... More 

Thank nan_forrest96
Durban, South Africa
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147 reviews
87 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2016

the observatory is a nice way to experience the mirror system of viewing from a still position . museum is basic but pleasant

Thank kingsrest

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