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Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex

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Address: Market Street, Mossel Bay 6506, South Africa
Phone Number: +27 (0)44 691 1067
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Mossel bay museum

The museum is excellent in its history of the Mossel bay area and has a superb Shell museum with exquisite shells on display. It also has a full scale replica of the Caravel that... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Mossel Bay, South Africa
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Portugal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Being able to visit and enter the replica of the ship that took Bartolomeu Dias to Africa is extraordinary. Imagine how it would be living on the high seas and make world discoveries. In this museum we can also see the different species of proteas, aquariums and a variety of shells. In the gardens we find a replica of the... More 

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Mossel Bay, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The museum is excellent in its history of the Mossel bay area and has a superb Shell museum with exquisite shells on display. It also has a full scale replica of the Caravel that Bartholemew Diaz used when sailing to Mossel bay.He stopped there for water and found it in a spring within the museum grounds. There is also a... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The museum is rather old and posters a bit worn and tarnished, but expected from government institution. But still it was clean well maintained. Also affordable to visit all the sights offered.

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Thank Mari V
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We went there with our unusual children and everybody there was so amazed by our children of uniqueness, the staff was friendly and helpful was nice to learn more about our history. Even to see the replication of Diaz boat how small it really is to travel the oceans. Also must say that the shell museum was also amazing to... More 

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Polokwane, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Had a great time at the museum, free entrance during the week makes it even more accessible. Great souvenir shop inside. I appreciate the gate to the beach also. The ablution halls should be more clean and hygienic

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We found the museum very well looked after but lacked things to see. I may be wrong comparing the museum to that which I have visited in the western world but I expected a wider range of artifacts and more information. I didnt feel I learnt much

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Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The museum has several buildings. It was interesting to learn about the history of Mossel Bay and the Portuguese, which I had forgotten from history classes years ago. I also enjoyed the amazing shell collection.

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Windhoek, Namibia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I have a great memory of visiting this museum as a child and I was delighted to take my son there recently. It still smelt and looked exactly the same as I remember it. I do think that more can be done though, the displays are still the exact displays that I remember from 20 years ago.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Be sure to visit the maritime museum and the caravel ship! Really interesting. Lots to see!! Impressed

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Thank Jane D
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The attractions of the Dias Museum Complex in Mossel Bay are clustered around an ancient milkwood tree (Sideroxylon inerme) that was used as a kind of a post office by Portuguese explorers who sailed to the East in the 1500s. Still strong and healthy, the Post Office Tree remains one of Mossel Bay’s biggest attractions – but it’s only one... More 

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