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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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Between Government Avenue and Queen Victoria Street, Cape Town Central, South Africa
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Best exhibits were the old stuffed animals, but you have to know a lot already to appreciate the variety. New exhibits are good for those who know less, but disappointing for a museum of natural history.

Thank inCY10
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The exhibitions document the evolution of animals and man in Africa. In this museum you can see everything from rock art and fossils. It's an interesting place to visit.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited the Polaris show which is 45 minutes long and R60 for adult and R30 for school children. It was enjoyable and the theatre has comfortable chairs.

Thank Emarie B
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited the museum with the Cape Town Pass. We did not know what to expect, but we pleasantly surprised. We found all the exhibits well kept and interesting to look at.

Thank Autumn L
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Was on business trip and stayed at the hotel adjacent to the museum (The African Pride 15 hotel). Museum is located on the Company’s Garden which I think is very convenient. Inside is quite interesting, especially the Tata Madiba part and the history of Africa.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It was a nice place to visit after seeing some more of the city. There were some interesting exhibitions, some are less interesting than others. There are things here for many ages. It's definitely a place to visit if you're exploring the city.

Thank Skye P
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Reviewed 30 May 2018

On a recent trip to Cape Town, my 6 year old daughter and I visited this museum after a stroll through the Company's Garden. My daughter really likes natural history museums, so although I did not expect much from it, I wanted her to see...More

Thank Tamara S
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Reviewed 10 May 2018 via mobile

We visited the Iziko South African Museum. The museum is very popular with schools, so you may encounter a few groups of children of various ages. They have exhibits including early South African man, giant whales, bees, wasps, amongst other animals. Of course there is...More

Thank Andyunlimited65
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Reviewed 18 April 2018

This Museum is a must if you wish to learn about South African art and history. It is situated in an historic precinct and oozes history and presence.

1  Thank Chantyld
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Reviewed 10 April 2018 via mobile

The museum was a little boring, we found nothing special to see or do during our visit. I would not make a special trip if time is an issue.

Thank John W
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