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“Pleasantly surprised!”

Iziko South African Museum and Planetarium
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Owner description: 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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“Pleasantly surprised!”
Reviewed January 6, 2013

This is a very nice museum that is well maintained, has some very interesting displays, and is a jewel of a place to see. Having visited other museums in New York, Washington DC, London, Tokyo and Paris, we would rate this place right up there only because it provided some great information about Africa's history, animals, fish, dinosaurs and climate. Although it can't compete, what they had was very informative, nicely presented, and fun to see. My wife and I were pleasantly surprised. We spent two delightful hours going through the museum, and could have spent much more. Also, they have a very nice restaurant with great cuisine. This is a can't miss place to visit!

Visited December 2012
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Knysna, South Africa
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“Must see”
Reviewed December 29, 2012

Do not leave Cape Town without visiting here. Excellently presented, the knowledge one gains here of our South African skies, is priceless.

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Sydney, Australia
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“A lot to learn”
Reviewed December 19, 2012

A must see place.
Accessible, lots of information, not busy at all.
I was a bit disappointed, thought it would be bigger, with a larger collection.
But still it does teach us a lot about the african culture.
After that you should go to the Iziko Slavery Museum, not far from there.
Oh, and the cafe is very nice as well.

Visited December 2012
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“Fine if you're ok with trophy hunting”
Reviewed December 17, 2012 via mobile

We were going to visit until we heard of the planned exhibition of Peter Flack's trophies. This is someone who has made it is life's work to travel the length and breadth to kill sometimes critically endangered animals for "sport". That this museum sees fit to promote this individual's love of killing/taxidermy is, to mind, morally reprehensible: wouldn't touch this place with a barge pole

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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“it was ok”
Reviewed October 29, 2012

it was interesting enough, but I expected a bit more from a city of the magnitude of Cape Town. I found Port Elizabeth's museum complex way better.

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