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Observatory Museum

10 Bathurst Street, Grahamstown 6139, South Africa
+27 46 622 2312
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Unfortunately this once splendid museum is now run-down and ill cared for. It's main attraction... read more

Reviewed 20 December 2016
Grahamstown, South Africa
Magical observatory

The museum consists of Victorian style rooms in a house of which the little turret at the top... read more

Reviewed 28 September 2016
Johannesburg, South Africa
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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.
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28 Sep 2016
“Magical observatory”
27 Sep 2016
“The most amazing house museum”
10 Bathurst Street, Grahamstown 6139, South Africa
+27 46 622 2312
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Reviewed 20 December 2016

Unfortunately this once splendid museum is now run-down and ill cared for. It's main attraction - the obscure doesn't work and hasn't for a long time.

Thank 43airschool
Reviewed 28 September 2016

The museum consists of Victorian style rooms in a house of which the little turret at the top houses the observatory. The various rooms in the house could do with some attention - damp walls, sagging ceilings in some places. Nevertheless, the observatory was absolutely...More

Thank ayshajoburg
Reviewed 28 September 2016

Everyone will enjoy this experience. There are gadgets (old grammophones), stories (the diamond one) and wonderful views (the whole city of Grahamstown from the camera obscura). I enjoy this museum again and again.

Reviewed 26 July 2016

Very interesting place with lots of old stuff and the most interesting telescope definitely a must when in Grahsmstown

Thank cnrdhnkm
Reviewed 16 July 2016

I have been here before and found the visit very worthwhile and interesting. After checking on the Albany Museum website to confirm hours of opening (Sat 09:00 to 13:00 we decided to go on Saturday morning. After a 65km drive from Kenton-on-Sea we were disapointed...More

Thank AddieWolf
Reviewed 13 July 2016 via mobile

An experience. ...well worth a visit...not something you see very often ... (the outside could do with a different colour coat of paint )

Thank sea143
Reviewed 27 June 2016 via mobile

Very worthwhile and reminds us of a bygone era where eccentric inventors would create magic from science and art, usually with a mixture of determination and imagination.

Thank gpsnomad
Reviewed 4 June 2016 via mobile

I've visited this museum as a child and an adult. I think it's very special. It contains the only traditional camera obscura in the Southern Hemisphere in the home of the man who made it. The house is decorated as it would have been at...More

Thank Greenhatgirl
Reviewed 30 March 2016

This is the second time we viewed this museum and the observation post, and every time we are intrigued about the level of craftsmanship of all creations here. Welll worth a visit, guided tour inside...

Thank NickyVR1
Reviewed 29 March 2016 via mobile

I've never seen a camera obscura in action before and it is very interesting and very worth the R10 entrance fee. The rest of the meseum, as is often the case with our local museums, is a bit sad and tired. Peeling paint, unfinished rooms,...More

Thank Carla P
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