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Iziko South African Museum and Planetarium

Between Government Avenue and Queen Victoria Street, Cape Town Central, South Africa
+27 21 481 3800
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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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Between Government Avenue and Queen Victoria Street, Cape Town Central, South Africa
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"natural history"
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"rock paintings"
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"dinosaur display"
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"company gardens"
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"children and adults"
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"great displays"
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"rainy day"
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"worth a visit"
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"couple of hours"
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"south africa"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This Museum is a must if you wish to learn about South African art and history. It is situated in an historic precinct and oozes history and presence.

1  Thank Chantyld
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The museum was a little boring, we found nothing special to see or do during our visit. I would not make a special trip if time is an issue.

Thank John W
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Not expensive and great place to spend with the children. They can have fun and learn at the same time. Must do for children ...

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We enjoyed both the museum and the planetarium. Great place for kids. It’s well done and very educational

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum goes above and beyond to add excitement to the adventure of discovering the wonders of the wild and indigenous creatures that call Cape Town home. The displays are all exhaustively researched and the information is imparted in interactive and engaging ways. You can...More

Thank Mark C
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A larger than first imagined space containing a museum of Africas natural history. Everything from fossils to cave art. Many permanent exhibits which cover 5 floors all very well exhibited and with good explanations. Not very busy which is a surprise as it is such...More

Thank Sprout1Cheshire
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Reviewed 10 March 2018

Again we left our visit too late in the day and ended up rushing around, but it was more than enough to see what a fantastic variation of exhibits on show, Rock Art, birds mammals of Africa, Dinosaurs, and sea life. I could not work...More

Thank Barry B
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Reviewed 5 March 2018

I have been to this museum countless times over the years. Currently, many areas a re closed and undergoing refurbishing which makes the visit a lot shorter. The Planetarium show we watched was good but the air conditioning was off which made for a somewhat...More

1  Thank Yvette W
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Reviewed 3 February 2018 via mobile

This is a huge old style colonial natural history museum. By old style, I mean it features several floors of stuffed animals, from very small rodents on up to elands, rhinoceroses, and elephants. Hundreds of them, many simply standing and forever blankly staring out, others...More

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Reviewed 30 January 2018

well placed exhibits the museum is just large enough to allow time to absorb all that is there strollers and wheel chairs can navigate to enable all to see everything

Thank rs122299
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