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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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  • Average20%
  • Poor5%
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“natural history” (13 reviews)
“rock art” (11 reviews)
“stuffed animals” (11 reviews)
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Between Government Avenue and Queen Victoria Street, Cape Town Central, South Africa
+27 21 481 3800
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Reviewed 4 days ago

It is a very good natural historical museum. You need to go there and learn more about South Africa's nature. Also, you have to take a planetarium section. This planetarium is just the best around the world.

Thank VivianaCorte
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

It simply was not good; mainly stuffed animals or even worse plastic animals, no clear routes to guide through the museum. Also construction work ongoing. Only interesting was an exhibition of south African wild life photos: absolutely amazing! That is what made the visit worthwhile.

Thank Rho28500
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

we were happy to see this museum. they had interesting exhibitions and even our teens enjoyed it. feels very represented of the rainbow nation! Nice park near by

Thank bernielouwsaunders
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were given the chance to go to one of two museums. This or the District Six Museum. Unfortunately for us we chose the wrong one to visit. I'll be short and sweet in this review. If you like animals and their history then you...More

1  Thank Coups247
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spent over 2 hours as part of a group a the museum. Lots of dusty looking taxidermy exhibits, photos, skeletons, etc. The most interesting was an exhibit of Charles Darwin's explorations. Unfortunately the museum has removed it's permanent exhibit of the native South African...More

Thank Denis D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were hoping to get info on the South African history, for example the last 400 years, but we were really disappointed. This was a generic museum about pre historic stuff, which you can see everywhere. Furthermore, it really needs an update; it's rather worn...More

Thank Johan D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When we were there parts of the museum were closed for construction works. An interesting way to spend a few hours on a wet day with a good variety of exhibits about the people and the wildlife.

Thank ColchesterSleeper
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited to watch the James May film about space and it was fantastic! The auditorium had seats that recline almost fully and the speciall effects about the space station were incredible! The planetarium itself is in the actual museum and not terribly easy to...More

1  Thank Tpouvtn
Reviewed 5 October 2017

Wow, what a great experience and so affordable. Cape Town's own Planetarium is well worth the visit. The one-hour show is definitely the highlight and there is enough for kids to look at while you wait for the show. The museum is a bit tired...More

Thank KathAMM
Reviewed 27 September 2017

The Iziko South African Museum is small but filled with wonderful African artifacts. Plus a current display of a major Cape Town artist, Lionel Davis. Davis's work is top-tier. He deserves to be shown in museums around the world. Don't miss it!

Thank Decamp
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