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Iziko South African Museum and Planetarium

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Address: Between Government Avenue and Queen Victoria Street, Cape Town Central, South Africa
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+27 21 481 3800
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
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The Iziko South African Museum houses more than one and a half million...

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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Good for an hour

The planetarium is currently closed for refurbishment. However the museum is still operative. On the first floor is a good but old fashioned static exhibit natural history gallery... read more

Reviewed 14 April 2017
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London, United Kingdom
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1,121 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 282 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We came here on a Wednesday morning around 10:30 and didn't leave until 16:45!!! This museum is so well done, and is equally impressive and exciting for both children and adults. The displays of so interesting and informative that we just didn't want to leave. Honestly, even if you're not a big Museum fan, you've got to pay this place... More 

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Thank TravelReviewer1983
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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64 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was the first time in years that I have visited the museum. I must admit that I was disappointed. One can see that they are trying their best to keep the standards up, but it clear they lack funding. Most of the displays are old and the facilities needs work. The kids did enjoy the dinosaurs, but we spend... More 

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Thank CaptCapeTown
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

This museum is a very good activity on rainy days. Especially the natura section with animals and dinosaurs is very cool. However this museum is very weird. You go from stones to a planetarium to whales and afterwardq to the history of Africa and some African mammals.

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Thank Ward51
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 April 2017 via mobile

The planetarium is currently closed for refurbishment. However the museum is still operative. On the first floor is a good but old fashioned static exhibit natural history gallery - lots of birds and stuffed animals to see. Highlight was on the ground floor an excellent exhibition on ancient cave and rock paintings. There is also a very large interactive (touch... More 

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Thank Andrew B
Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 April 2017

Visited with my family in April 2017. Definitely not worth it at the moment. The planetarium is completely closed. There is construction going on. The current displays are outdated and nothing is interactive. The best thing about the visit was the coffee at the shop inside! :)

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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 April 2017 via mobile

A group of 4 adults and 3 children visited during the school holidays (cheaper entrance charge for kids) but although there were plenty of visitors it didn't seem crowded. Displays were well laid out with informative background details, and in nice compact zones. The children particularly enjoyed the dinosaurs and whales, but were fascinated by everything. There were 2 technicians... More 

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Mahe Island, Seychelles
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Reviewed 12 April 2017 via mobile

Quite enjoyable experience. Affordable and the kids had fun. The planetarium was closed for renovations which was disappointing. Quite a few other renovations going on and rather dark in some areas so tread carefully.

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Lancaster, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 April 2017

We stumbled upon this museum by accident while looking for a cafe. Well, they have a cafe and a terrific museum to boot. It seems overshadowed by other Cape Town attractions, but don't skip it. Good on a rainy or hot day too. It has wonderful displays of whales, dioramas of African animals and Marin life and all kinds of... More 

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london
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 April 2017

Having to change plans last minute due to rain and cloud led us to the museum. We had a great time lots of interesting exhibits for children and adults alike. Very reasonably priced and with a coffee shop as well. Some areas closed off including the planetarium.

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Maputo, Mozambique
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Reviewed 9 April 2017 via mobile

Planetarium is a good option for young children to calm down a little bit. The stars and constellations are characters of a children story that really helps kids to understand everything. The natural museum is also interesting and it worths a visit.

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