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Address: 10 Bathurst Street, Grahamstown 6139, South Africa
Phone Number: +27 46 622 2312
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This odd house is an eclectic melange of architectural styles, the whimsy...

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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Magical observatory

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 28 September 2016
ayshajoburg
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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9 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 magical. Seeing birds fly and the wind turbines whirling away in real time was somehow... More 

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East Cape
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4 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Grahamstown, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

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

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Kenton-on-Sea, South Africa
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1 of 5 bubbles 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 to find the museum closed.

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Thank AddieWolf
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40 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 )

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2016 via mobile

Very worthwhile and reminds us of a bygone era where eccentric inventors would create magic from science and art, usually with a mixture of determination and imagination.

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Grahamstown, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2016 via mobile

I've visited this museum as a child and an adult. I think it's very special. It contains the only traditional camera obscura in the Southern Hemisphere in the home of the man who made it. The house is decorated as it would have been at the time the camera was built - in the style of a 19th century settler... More 

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2016

This is the second time we viewed this museum and the observation post, and every time we are intrigued about the level of craftsmanship of all creations here. Welll worth a visit, guided tour inside...

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Thank NickyVR1
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28 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2016 via mobile

I've never seen a camera obscura in action before and it is very interesting and very worth the R10 entrance fee. The rest of the meseum, as is often the case with our local museums, is a bit sad and tired. Peeling paint, unfinished rooms, dilapidated garden. Still has some interesting pieces though.

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Kent
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2016 via mobile

While the museum itself is very tired and has little of real interest the climb to the rooftop observatory and the camera obscura is very interesting. The museum guide was very informative and the camera was used to show a 360 degree sweep of the town with historical notes that were illuminating. The climb and spiral access is maybe not... More 

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