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Kimberley Mine Museum

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Address: Tucker Street, Kimberley, South Africa
Phone Number: +27 53 833 1557
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Restored buildings at this historic site include a pub, a smoke shop and...

Restored buildings at this historic site include a pub, a smoke shop and the De Beers family home. The mine itself is an astonishing crater from which over 22 million tons of earth has been removed by hand.

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Very interesting experience, particularly for children. Brings to life what it was like working in the mine. Very readily priced. Excellent guides.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Rudgwick, United Kingdom
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Rudgwick, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very interesting experience, particularly for children. Brings to life what it was like working in the mine. Very readily priced. Excellent guides.

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Hillcrest, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A visit to the Kimberley Big hole would be incomplete if time was not spent going through the museum. very informative, and very interesting and far more than one would expect. The historical time line down the one side is very interesting. Just a pity the spelling is incorrect on many basic words that detracts from the professional and well... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The little historic visit at the entrance is well worth the visit! It is well maintained but still authentic and lots to explore. There is a working pub, which looked quaint (was closed on the day we were there). The museum is very modern and well maintained. Very interesting and informative.

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New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2016

By all means, take the time to wander through the museum exhibit to learn about the fascinating history of the mine. You can also walk into the 'vault; which houses replicas of the most famous diamonds taken from The Big Hole.

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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2016

We visited as a group of 12 approx. 2 weeks ago on the Titan "Tracks of Africa" tour as a stop off whilst on the Rovos Rail. You pass through security on the way, in which I thought was odd as surely you should be searched on the way out of a Diamond Museum!!! We were taken round by a... More 

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Jamshedpur, India
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2016

It is part of big hole tour and covered with same entry ticket. The guided tour covered the museum that displays several uncut & polished diamonds of different shape and colour in a safe vault; information on essential qualities of diamond i.e. carat, clarity, colour, cut etc.; story-telling about the history of diamond mining in that area etc. The tour... More 

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Foz do Iguacu, PR
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016

There has been a lot of effort to attempt to replicate an old mining town, it does provide a quality experience especially as some of the buildings are accessible and have some kind of theme. Whether the pub (good food and beer) or the beer tasting, or the various smaller exhibits. I enjoyed the walk through and the experience, plenty... More 

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pmb
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016

An insightful and rather morose experience of the diamond discovery era in South Africa. With the backdrop of such mineral wealth one would expect its profits to have enhanced the living standards of the community.However under the rule of capitalism the fruits of this mine benefited only a handful.Nonetheless the tour was thoroughly enjoyable.Our guide made sure everybody was attentive... More 

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Kimberley, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016

I think for foreign travellers this a place of interest especially if they are not knowledgable about how diamonds are mined and what diamonds have been found in our area. Also the history of Kimberley is interesting as this town caused much havoc in the past due to the diamonds

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2016 via mobile

A fun time for any person looking for some history..and a bit of action and fun all in one..it was well enjoued by the tour group who i joined with an amazing tour guide..was full of excitement and laughter..suitable for and hitorical lover or somebody just looking for a fun outing..!!😆🖒

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