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closed weekends???

an interesting place to visit the very old way of life...the house filled with antiques... a tiger... read more

Reviewed 22 September 2017
Sean H
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Grahamstown, South Africa
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A most interesting and worthwhile visit. A fabulous piece of history. I would definitely recommend... read more

Reviewed 23 June 2017
147antonyc
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Hilton, 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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10 Bathurst Street, Grahamstown 6139, South Africa
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Reviewed 28 May 2018

The museum was closed when I visited, unfortuately, so I couldn't go and see the old camera obscura, one of the worlds' oldest. An interesting old building to observe from the outside, however.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Mark R
Reviewed 10 April 2018

Unfortunately, this museum is closed for renovation and has been for some time. Not quite sure when it will re-open. So sadly, childhood memories of visiting the camera obscura and learning more about life in the days of old could not be passed down to...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Paula B
Reviewed 22 September 2017 via mobile

an interesting place to visit the very old way of life...the house filled with antiques... a tiger skin carpet in the lounge, the oldest of furniture, bicycles, clothing, science equipment, everything...really interesting...and then the views of our city by rooftop magnification...who would have thought...it is...More

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank Sean H
Reviewed 23 June 2017 via mobile

A most interesting and worthwhile visit. A fabulous piece of history. I would definitely recommend a visit.

Date of experience: June 2017
1  Thank 147antonyc
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.

Date of experience: March 2016
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

Date of experience: September 2016
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.

Date of experience: September 2016
Thank JANEFLOWER11
Reviewed 26 July 2016

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

Date of experience: July 2016
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

Date of experience: July 2016
1  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 )

Date of experience: July 2016
Thank sea143
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