Iziko South African Museum and Planetarium

Iziko South African Museum and Planetarium

Iziko South African Museum and Planetarium
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Observatories & PlanetariumsHistory Museums
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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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JohnP72
London, UK544 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022 • Solo
I visited on a Saturday and despite this it was not busy. Some of the displays are a little bit dated but still very informative and interesting for all ages. There is a wide variety to view from the huge whale skeleton in the main hall to the dinosaur exhibits. In addition there is the planetarium show. For only 30R it was unbelievable value. Afterwards take a stroll through the lovely company’s gardens. The National gallery is right next door too so you can plan a half day around this. I’m surprised this isn’t ranked higher as it’s well worth a visit.
Written March 4, 2022
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vickynienaber
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Family
A full morning outing for a family with children. We got to the Company Gardens 15 minutes before the museum opened, so we fed some squirrels and looked at the statues. Then spend about an hour in the museum, before watching the planetarium show, TILT. Then still spend an hour in the museum again. We did not even see the entire exhibition!! Really a great morning for a very reasonable price.
Written December 31, 2022
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mhiortpetersen
Svaneke, Denmark42 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Solo
World class museum in the heart of downtown right in a beautiful park. It’s world class art and for anyone who is interested in art, this place is a gem. Not I le European art that is of a super quality there are many South African artists represented here of such a quality I was in awe!!
Written February 21, 2023
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BobN06
Avondale, PA720 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Mainly a natural history museum with a planetarium. Good place to spend an afternoon (we were there on a windy rainy day) and contains some updated and modern exhibits about human evolution and the local wildlife. The more ancient part of the museum is a collection of stuffed specimens that are only remarkable for the size of the exhibits vs modern day examples and a sense of old history.
Written May 16, 2024
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Rhiannon S
Plymouth, UK31 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
We visited with our four year old son. He very much enjoyed the dinosaur bones and dioramas. He was somewhat interested in the stuffed animals. I really liked the obviously very new display on human evolution with lots of replica early hominid skulls.

A word of warning, the museum is clearly undergoing a big bit of work so stuff was closed off, if it’s all going to be revamped like the human evolution exhibit then it’s going to be amazing! But don’t expect to spend ages there at the moment. Admission is very cheap so we didn’t mind.
Written May 27, 2024
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Tebogo M
Pretoria, South Africa41 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Went to the museum even thou we could we couldn’t go into the museum it didn’t look clean from outside. The reception area also not very attractive.
I think the place needs some TLC and serious cleaning for it to be attractive to visitors
Written October 21, 2023
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halcyonbp
George, South Africa149 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
One of the unsung surprises of the Cape Town tourism scene. An exceptional collection of exhibits and displays covering a breathtaking range of subjects and ages. Far too much visual and written information available to take in on one visit. A credit to the dedicated and knowledgeable staff and experts who created and maintain this National Treasure.
Written March 13, 2020
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PixmanSA
Cape Town, South Africa202 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
We took the grandkids to the planetarium and museum and was pleasantly surprised a the wonderful show - my grandson loved it, y grand daughter not so much but she is still very young (3 years old) and it was a little scary for her. It is a bit like an Imax theatre - the seats lay right back and one watches an animation of the beginning of the universe and then the current night sky is shown - and the commentator was very good in explaining what we were looking at. The museum itself is OK - it has fish species along our coast as well as some animals but it all looked a bit unkept and dated. Needs to be improved upon. All in all, worth a visit.
Written January 11, 2020
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Nathan_Barnaby
California64 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2015 • Family
Probably wouldn't have gone here if not for an 11 year-old needing to be entertained but it was close to the hotel and turned out to be quite interesting. Obviously a required visit for local school children it had some fascinating displays of whale skeletons and the evolution of fish to human, including the most rare, deepest-ocean living ancestors. The insight I got to the life and travels of Charles Darwin were extremely enlightening. Also nice to read it all without the kind of nonsense U.S. fundamentalists would add as footnotes. Just the facts, bro!
Written January 17, 2016
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Kobusvanwyk
Cape Town, South Africa61 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2014 • Friends
During my visit to the museum yesterday (the first time in about 20 years) I was impressed with the way in which it has been modernized, making use of multi-media displays. What disappointed me, however, was the fact that the evolution theory was promoted in so many of the displays, without acknowledging the fact that it is only a theory. One would expect that an institution that prides itself in following the scientific method would be more objective.
Written December 23, 2014
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