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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
Phone Number: +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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Iziko South African Museum

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Bengaluru, India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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 1 week ago

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 3 weeks ago 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016

This place needs a lot of time to be seen completely, specially since they have three routes namely green orange and blue, which might make sense to people who visit only to see a particular section of the museum. But most tourists will like to see everything they have to offer and this can be very confusing. Somehow were able... More 

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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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

We watched a show in the Planetarium and thoroughly enjoyed it. It is educational and a fun experience. The chairs recline which is cool

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Cape Town, South Africa
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

Definately have to miss this attraction. Lights does not work. Information box lights not working. Carpets are loose and stained. Exhibits are looking tired and old. No interactive displays. Unattentive staff. Overall sad state of affairs. Granted they are in the process of upgrading but will recommend that uou wait a year or two before visiting.

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Newcastle, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Part of a group tour, our guide suggested that we might like to spend an hour at the museum. We were very impressed. The animal / wildlife display was particularly impressive - standing among life sized lions, tigers, elephants etc gave an idea of size and detail that isn't possible on safari. Parts of the museum are closed off for... More 

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El Cajon, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

We visited 2 museums in the Iziko collection: The SA National Gallery & the Slave Lodge. They were both interesting& took 1-1 1/2 hours each. The National Gallery was exceptionally well curated and we would highly recommend it to anyone who loves contemporary art and different perspectives.

Thank Susan B
Pretoria, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016 via mobile

The trip was fortunately during a period of heritage week (a week in September allowing free entry into all the national museums) Sadly During the period the museum embarked on its restoration projects too, many of the exhibits were closed, including the planetarium. Do check prior to your visit if there is something you specifically hope to see. The dinosaur,... More 

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