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Observatory Museum
Ranked #3 of 22 things to do in Grahamstown
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Owner description: This odd house is an eclectic melange of architectural styles, the whimsy of amateur astronomer Henry Carter Galpin. Locals would set their watches by the time on Galpin’s clock tower.
Reviewed December 19, 2013

The town had a lot to offer as a tourist and we found it very tidy/ save as the people were very friendly. People willing to help you if you get lost but over all places easy to find

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Reviewed November 25, 2013

Worth a visit and the curators are so friendly and happy to have visitors pop by. The camera obscura is the highlight for sure as is the visit to this Victorian style building that used to belong to the local watchmaker.

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Reviewed October 18, 2013

I loved this quirky little museum and the 'real' sense you got of how people would have lived there back in the 1800's. The camera obscura was fascinating; I suppose in a way it was the world's first 'reality show' where people could spy on one another's activities?! The museum staff were friendly and chatty and we spent a very comfortable 1.5 hours or so wandering around the place.

Thank Gerberas0
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Reviewed July 30, 2013

The Observatory is worthwhile for the novelty of the 'camera obscura' which gives you a reflected view of the whole of central Grahamstown -- for a low price. The science behind the camera obscura it is interesting; watching pedestrians and spotting landmark sites around town is good fun! The rest of the museum is a bit 'olde-world' i.e. glass display cases with artefacts from early European residents, an intriguing range of old typewriters etc. It's very different to modern interactive museums so don't expect high-tech, glitsy displays -- just very authentic, somewhat dusty, but otherwise very interesting treasures from an almost forgotten era. Set aside about 30 minutes if you want to take in only the camera obscura. Otherwise, an hour should be enough.

Thank Lausanne O
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Reviewed May 20, 2013

Amazing technology from years back Interesting to see it actually work Interesting museum with many reminders of early settle life

Thank Patrick M
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