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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 5 October 2017

Wow, what a great experience and so affordable. Cape Town's own Planetarium is well worth the visit. The one-hour show is definitely the highlight and there is enough for kids to look at while you wait for the show. The museum is a bit tired...More

Thank KathAMM
Reviewed 27 September 2017

The Iziko South African Museum is small but filled with wonderful African artifacts. Plus a current display of a major Cape Town artist, Lionel Davis. Davis's work is top-tier. He deserves to be shown in museums around the world. Don't miss it!

Thank Decamp
Reviewed 21 September 2017

it was good to visit this museum. I was expecting more creativity and better quality exhibits. The curators and staff should take better care of the museum.

Thank Thuli M
Reviewed 25 August 2017

The other problem is that it is hard to know if you have seen everything. The layout is complicated. BUT, we really liked it. Be sure to learn how to turn on your flashlight on your phone, or, even better, I had a small flashlight....More

Thank Sailing-Traveler1976
Reviewed 23 August 2017 via mobile

It's a good activity specialy if you have kids, they will gonna learn a lot of things about south africa and the animals.

Thank FeXavier
Reviewed 16 August 2017 via mobile

The museum seemed dark to me as in not sufficient lighting. We only had a short 45 mins or so to go through the museum. We were brought here on a half day city tour and basically were left on our own to explore. We...More

Thank Lisa S
Reviewed 10 August 2017 via mobile

Weirdly organized... lacking funding... but it's not expensive and not a long stop either. Anthropological section was the most thorough and interesting. Nice collection of clothing and tools of various groups ( besotho, Zulu, san) and also San cave paintings with a pretty good exploration...More

Thank Amara P
Reviewed 10 August 2017

This was a great combination of natural history, ancient art, marine life and more. We are glad we came to visit. We wished the lighting were a bit brighter for our aging eyes.

Thank revjcs
Reviewed 29 July 2017

It must be impossible to try and put in one museum something which reflects everything a place like South Africa has to offer. This museum gives it a good shot and largely succeeds. There are a wide range of exhibits with a focus on natural...More

Thank Paul T
Reviewed 26 July 2017

We loved the Planetarium and enjoyed our amble around the museum - my boys especially liked the dinosaur display area. Some of the museum is under construction with new displays, so we look forward to seeing what is unveiled.

Thank Tracy C
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