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Iziko South African Museum and Planetarium

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Address: Between Government Avenue and Queen Victoria Street, Cape Town Central, South Africa
Phone Number: +27 21 481 3800
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The Iziko South African Museum houses more than one and a half million...

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.

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Good fun for the kids

This is not the best museum in the world but for R100 for 2 adults and 2 children you can't really go wrong. We enjoyed the planetarium and afterwards looked at the exhibits. The... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 13, 2016
99Luftballons
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Latham, New York
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29 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We really enjoyed this museum! We arrived after the last planetarium show, so we were not able to experience that, but we managed to get through all of the exhibits before the museum closed. The setup is a little maze-like, so we did a bit of backtracking, but the exhibits were interesting and well-maintained. Some areas of the museum were... More 

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Durbanville, South Africa
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1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Some of the exhibits are definitely dated - I remember them from when I was in school! Quite a few walk ways were closed, apparently they are busy with upgrades. Nonetheless it was a real fun day for the kids, especially the dinosaur exhibition was popular. And the kiddie show at the planetarium also was a hit. Pity that the... More 

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Thank avilj0en
Durbanville, South Africa
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19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a great experience. Adults and kids alike. Regular and informative information cessions and Planetarium shows. We stayed more than 3 hours. Absolutely worth the outing.

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Thank mandi744
Cape Town, South Africa
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31 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Enjoyed the visit ... Despite some upgrades underway... Planetarium was good but the natural history exhibits can improve with some multimedia

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Davenport, Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016 via mobile

Rainy day so my son picked this to do. Small and older place. Some interesting exhibits but seems very dated. Movie at planetarium was so-so. Gave us something to do but we didn't spend a lot of time there.

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London
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67 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016 via mobile

This is not the best museum in the world but for R100 for 2 adults and 2 children you can't really go wrong. We enjoyed the planetarium and afterwards looked at the exhibits. The kids enjoyed the dinosaur skeletons and stuffed animals as I did 25 years ago. Definitely good for a rainy day.

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Thank 99Luftballons
United Kingdom
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77 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2016

Great displays and interesting to see the Stone art history from different African countries. Loved the Whale and shark displays too.

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Fulton, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2016

We went here on our tour. I was not impressed with the museum but I am not really a museum person. I did not tour the planetarium portion.

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Thank inthewind2010
Western Cape, South Africa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016

We took our grandchildren aged 10 and 7 years respectively to the Iziko Museum yesterday. We spent almost three hours wandering around the different exhibitions . The highlight for the children was definitely Shark World and the Dinosaurs. We found the description of the different species excellently documented but in simple enough terms for the children to understand and interpret.They... More 

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Canmore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2016

Very interesting museum with a lot of history that feeds your imagination. Very sad history really. You could spend a lot of time here.

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