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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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Reviewed 5 days ago

It was a nice place to visit after seeing some more of the city. There were some interesting exhibitions, some are less interesting than others. There are things here for many ages. It's definitely a place to visit if you're exploring the city.

Thank Skye P
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

On a recent trip to Cape Town, my 6 year old daughter and I visited this museum after a stroll through the Company's Garden. My daughter really likes natural history museums, so although I did not expect much from it, I wanted her to see...More

Thank Tamara S
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Reviewed 10 May 2018 via mobile

We visited the Iziko South African Museum. The museum is very popular with schools, so you may encounter a few groups of children of various ages. They have exhibits including early South African man, giant whales, bees, wasps, amongst other animals. Of course there is...More

Thank Andyunlimited65
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Reviewed 18 April 2018

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.

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Reviewed 10 April 2018 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 6 April 2018 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 ...

Thank HeidiPap
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Reviewed 5 April 2018

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

Thank Jacksoncr
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

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 31 March 2018

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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