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Cape Town Diamond Museum

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Address: Level 1 The Clock Tower | V&A Waterfront, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
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+27 21 421 2488
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09:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 21:00
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The Cape Town Diamond Museum pays tribute to the world's most precious gem,...

The Cape Town Diamond Museum pays tribute to the world's most precious gem, the diamond. Discover a 3 billion year old story unfold from a diamond's formation to the final polished stone. The Cape Town Diamond Museum also pays homage to the most famous South African diamonds and showcases specimens of Kimberlite rock dating billions of years old. Situated in the bustling heart of the Clock Tower precinct at the V&A Waterfront, the Cape Town Diamond Museum is a must-see for any visitor to Cape Town. Book in advance recommended.

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My friend and I went to diamond museum and we met Ryan the guy who works there . He was amazing he explained everything with humor,was very patient very kind he took us to see... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
Chen A

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My friend and I went to diamond museum and we met Ryan the guy who works there . He was amazing he explained everything with humor,was very patient very kind he took us to see how they make the actual diamond. We were very impressed So I highly recommand if go to Shimensky diamond museum ask for Ryan :)

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

So are tanzanite! I am a true lover of gems and thoroughly enjoyed the one hour private tour where learned the history of diamond mining in South Africa. We also got see gem cutters at work see some beautiful diamonds and tanzanites as we sipped tea or wine.

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Thank dixiepeach
CTDiamondMuseum, Manager at Cape Town Diamond Museum, responded to this review

Dear Dixiepeach, thank you for your recent visit to the Cape Town Diamond Museum and for sharing your experience. We certainly agree, diamonds and tanzanite are a girl's best friend. We're delighted that you enjoyed the Diamond Experience Tour. It certainly was our pleasure to welcome you to the Museum. Kind regards, The Cape Town Diamond Museum Team More 

Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Although a private venture, and there is a fee signposted at the entrance to presumably keep away casual visitors, this museum with option to buy is still an interesting place to spend an hour, perhaps while waiting for the Robben Island ferry (as we did), looking at the origin of diamonds, seeing models of some famous diamonds then getting up... More 

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CTDiamondMuseum, Manager at Cape Town Diamond Museum, responded to this review

Dear Crimitorii, thank you for visiting the Cape Town Diamond Museum. We are pleased that you enjoyed the experience and trust you gained valuable insight into the world of diamonds. Freshly brewed coffee and South African wine is complimentary to all visitors as it is our pleasure to host you on the tour. Entrance is also free of charge. We... More 

Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

South Africa is probably the best place to get or see the diamonds. In this small, but well done museum, you can learn a lot about them trying some local wine on side. Well done!

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Thank Miro S
CTDiamondMuseum, Manager at Cape Town Diamond Museum, responded to this review

Dear Miro S, thank you for visiting the Cape Town Diamond Museum and for sharing your experience. We are delighted that you found the tour to be very informative and trust you gained valuable insight into the world of diamonds. We're pleased you enjoyed our selection of complimentary South African wine at the wine and coffee bar. It certainly was... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was there with my family. Very good museum. Great place to learn more about diamond. Interactive and modern.

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CTDiamondMuseum, Manager at Cape Town Diamond Museum, responded to this review

Dear Lauro P, thank you for your review and for visiting the Cape Town Diamond Museum. We are pleased that you and your family enjoyed the interaction of the one-on-one tour with our diamond experts. We do hope to welcome you back to the Museum in the near future. Kind regards, The Cape Town Diamond Museum Team More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2016 via mobile

Very friendly staff, very knowledgable. Not too long and drawn out (approx 20 minutes tour) No pressure to purchase after the tour.

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CTDiamondMuseum, Manager at Cape Town Diamond Museum, responded to this review

Dear Michael L, thank you for visiting the Cape Town Diamond Museum and for sharing your experience. Our diamond guides take great pride in sharing their knowledge and passion on the subject of diamonds with our visitors and we are pleased that you enjoyed the tour. Kind regards, The Cape Town Diamond Museum Team More 

Kendal, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016

My hotel gave me a voucher to get in for free and I was shown round on a one to one basis by a delightful and knowledgeable girl. The old photos of Kimberley etc were fascinating as well as the samples of the bare stone, the start of cutting and the end product. Of course you are shown through the... More 

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CTDiamondMuseum, Manager at Cape Town Diamond Museum, responded to this review

Dear Carol P, thank you for taking the time to share your experience. We are delighted that you enjoyed the Diamond Experience Tour and hope to welcome you back to the Museum in the near future. Kind regards, The Cape Town Diamond Museum Team More 

Jackson, Michigan
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016 via mobile

Seems to be a means to sell diamonds. Although somewhat interesting, not worth the time, especially if your in town on a short stay.

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CTDiamondMuseum, Manager at Cape Town Diamond Museum, responded to this review

Dear William, we are disappointed to learn that you did not find the subject of diamonds as fascinating as we do. We do hope that you enjoyed your stay in Cape Town nonetheless. Kind regards, The Cape Town Diamond Museum Team More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016

It is actually a diamond shop with a museum pretext. The guide / saleswoman was very nice showing no irritation when we made clear that we were not buying. And she was not pushy at all.

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Thank Mikael R
CTDiamondMuseum, Manager at Cape Town Diamond Museum, responded to this review

Dear Mikael R, thank you for your recent visit to the Cape Town Diamond Museum. We trust you gained valuable knowledge on the subject of diamonds and great insight into the early days of diamond mining in South Africa. There is absolutely no pressure to purchase and we do hope you will visit us again in the near future. Kind... More 

Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016 via mobile

Thank you so much to our guide Roxanne for an informative and truly passionate tour of the Diamond Museum!!! The history was fascinating and learnt so much about the cut, clarity, colour and carat of diamonds. Had an amazing hour and a half with Roxanne and would thiroughly recommend this tour whist in Cape Town.

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Thank Liz C
CTDiamondMuseum, Manager at Cape Town Diamond Museum, responded to this review

Dear Liz C, thank you for visiting the Cape Town Diamond Museum and for sharing your experience. We are delighted that you enjoyed the Diamond Tour and gained great insights into the world of diamonds. We certainly hope to welcome you back in the near future. Kind regards, The Cape Town Diamond Museum More 

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