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Iziko South African Museum and Planetarium

Closes in 18 min: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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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...more
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Between Government Avenue and Queen Victoria Street, Cape Town Central, South Africa
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Reviewed September 3, 2019

It was interesting visiting the museum, the highlight was the planetarium with the show about Einstein,

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank TertiusV14
Reviewed August 2, 2019

It was a nice experience but the neglect is starting to show in terms of cleanliness wear and tear in the carpets and lack of deep cleaning. The planetarium presentation was excellent including the presenter !!!

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Schalk V
Reviewed July 21, 2019

Hadn't looked forward to a museum visit - but this one was good. Real variety of displays and excellent introduction to African animals and birds - well displayed and logically presented. Some interesting natural history exhibits. Lots to interest all ages

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank Chris43bh3
Reviewed July 2, 2019 via mobile

We visited the Iziko museum and planetarium with two youngsters under eight and what a fun morning it was! The museum is always a good place to take children, with its amazing collections, but the favourite is always the marine creatures exhibit with its whale...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank melharrissa
Reviewed April 30, 2019 via mobile

We were in town running errands and finished early so thought we would take our almost 3 year old to the museum. He seemed to have an absolute blast but for me it was sad to see the empty exhibits, outdated and dark museum for...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Meg C
Reviewed April 11, 2019

We spent around 45min in it, not at all what we expected (learn about South African history). The best part was the exhibition about water, given the scarcity in the Cape region. I would not have been there if it had not been included in...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Poulet M
Reviewed April 3, 2019 via mobile

I found nothing interesting in this museum but a dinosaur collection. The rest exhibition gave me strong 80-90s vibes, it needs renovation and lacks interactivity. Quite a boring place to visit but if you have a lot of free time, why not.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank bubblystan
Reviewed March 3, 2019

These are 2 museums that are worth visiting if you have some time on your hands. The planetarium is full of taxidermy animals.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank syan0vich
Reviewed February 27, 2019

I found this museum quite quaint and old fashioned. I guess you get used to interactive displays and modern audio visual effects now and this museum just reminded me of something out of the 1970's and 80's. There were a huge amount of stuffed animals...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank andream0402
Reviewed February 24, 2019

after a Hight Tea at Lord Nelson, we wanted to stretch our legs a bit. Within 500 meters, we found the Natural historic Museum IZIKO. I just loved it and could not understand the negative or mediocre reactions on Tripadvisor. A wide range of historic...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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