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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
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00

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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South African collection with remarkable indigenous cave paintings

Quite impressive with the collections particularly by the cave paintings and indigenous artifacts. Also has a large collection of local animals and marine animals etc.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Tina L
Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Quite impressive with the collections particularly by the cave paintings and indigenous artifacts. Also has a large collection of local animals and marine animals etc.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were very impressed by the quality of the display of the rock art. The exhibit on the life of Nelson Mandela was very moving. There were parts of the museum that were closed or undergoing renovation when we went in early November 2016 but it was still most worthwhile. I personally enjoyed the parts of the museum dealing with... More 

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Kent, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

We visited the museum as part of a Cape Town tour and was looking forward to it. We had arranged a tour guide which on arrival wasn't available, so we walked around exploring by ourselves. The exhibits were very interesting but, many were unlit along with many information boards which left us wanting. The museum is undergoing renovations which could... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017

Dated institution, sweating the 1980s out of its pores. Not worth a visit unless you have young children who would enjoy the dinosaur exhibits. Otherwise skip.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016 via mobile

Very interesting museum and great displays, but the Planetarium is closed witch was sad. Recommend for EVERYBODY!!

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New York, NY
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2016

I did not get to experience the fullness of Iziko's multi-dimentional aspects because of renovation work, gallery changing in progress, and closures. This, of course, is not a reflection of the complex at its best, but does suggest that the renovations and closures could have been better coordinated.

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Bengaluru, India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

Gives a good flavor of the culture of Africa. The clothing , the art , the cooking vessels used etc. A section allocated to Nelson Mandela was great too. It has a section containing the bones of pre historic animals. Another section contains some lovely photographs of the ocean life

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016

To begin with, the planetarium is closed until early 2017 (big disappointment) and the Museum is undergoing a huge reno that has resulted in many of the exhibits either being closed or darkened or rerouted - all in all, not a wonderful experience. Wait until the work is done and the planetarium reopens - sure it will be wonderful, 5... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

Nice museum that covers many areas of history. Currently undergoing some renovation but covers anthropology, paleontology geology and natural history (especially focusing on sea life). Ages of displays are varied with some being more up to date in presentation. Definitely worth the 30 rand and worth spending an hour or two if you have a chance

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

We were very much taken by the displays on offer, especially the marine, dinosaur and the excellent photography exhibit. It is not your typical national museum, but takes a very South African look of things. There are some unique items and we will definitely go back. Unfortunately, we couldn't visit the planetarium as it was closed for renovations.

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