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Kimberley Mine Museum

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Address: Tucker Street, Kimberley, South Africa
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+27 53 833 1557

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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Authentic experience

An authentic experience! Well designed and the elevator trip is a brilliant idea. The diamond collection is breathtaking

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

An authentic experience! Well designed and the elevator trip is a brilliant idea. The diamond collection is breathtaking

Thank Carolina B
Burnaby, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A must visit in Kimberly, there is not much else to do. The actual Hole and walk out is impressive. I asked about the tour and nobody told me much about it so we passed but after finding out they took you underground I would have taken it. the village display leaves something to be desired.

Thank derekr425
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

From the entrance of "The Big Hole" right to the very end the experience is thrilling and educating. It's unique environment and experience puts this place on the bucket list. History of South Africa from the start of its colonisation and how everything came to be what it is in this great County today. The big hole seen from a... More 

Thank Raees M
Cape Town, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited the musuem and was taken down memory lane. It is a brilliant way to get to see how the diamond mining towns looked. Will definitely go back and take my children witb me. A must see if you visit Kimberley

Thank ChrisThorburn
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 12, 2016

We drove pretty far out of our way on our road trip of South Africa to see this museum. We had lots of South African friends telling us we were silly to go all that way, so I was afraid we were going to be disappointed, but my husband and I both thought that this was the best museum we... More 

Thank rperkinsphotography
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 10, 2016

A truly amazing experience! We opted for the the full tour without a guide. We were amazed at the exhibition and walking onto the bridge to look down into the Big Hole and the going down into the 'mine' were 'work' and 'blasting' were still in progress. It truly is a must see!

Thank Henri K
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 6, 2016 via mobile

Hidden in the northern cape, is the idyllic town of Kimberly famous for its big hole. This attraction is like a time machine taking you back to the days before cellphones. Definitely a must for antique and history lovers.

Thank Arlene W
Rudgwick, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 10, 2016 via mobile

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

Thank Gaskyns
Hillcrest, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 8, 2016

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 

Thank irishmike60
Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 8, 2016

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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