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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
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+27 21 481 3800
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
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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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Very interesting museum and great displays, but the Planetarium is closed witch was sad. Recommend for EVERYBODY!!

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
hanlie_1209
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Kent, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited the museum as part of a Cape Town tour and was looking forward to it. We had arranged a tour guide which on arrival wasn't available, so we walked around exploring by ourselves. The exhibits were very interesting but, many were unlit along with many information boards which left us wanting. The museum is undergoing renovations which could... More 

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Thank Mandy H
London, United Kingdom
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225 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Dated institution, sweating the 1980s out of its pores. Not worth a visit unless you have young children who would enjoy the dinosaur exhibits. Otherwise skip.

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Thank R0llingSt0ne2011
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16 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very interesting museum and great displays, but the Planetarium is closed witch was sad. Recommend for EVERYBODY!!

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Thank hanlie_1209
New York, NY
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4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I did not get to experience the fullness of Iziko's multi-dimentional aspects because of renovation work, gallery changing in progress, and closures. This, of course, is not a reflection of the complex at its best, but does suggest that the renovations and closures could have been better coordinated.

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Thank JTGnyc
Bengaluru, India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

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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Thank PGPadu
New Mexico
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016

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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Thank NewMexicoSilverqueen
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016 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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Thank Keegan M
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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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Thank 832jod
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4 attraction reviews
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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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Thank Ellen-May J
Cape Town, South Africa
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15 attraction reviews
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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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