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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
+27 21 481 3800
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Reviewed 7 March 2017

At one end of The Company Garden this is a good dark, cool place to escape the heat and wind of Cape Town. There is an interesting mix of local South African history and Charles Darwin's studies with a few stuffed animals thrown in. The...More

1  Thank MartinDee
Reviewed 28 February 2017 via mobile

I love history so enjoyed visiting the museum, lots to see from the sea to the land and everything in between. Unfortunately the planetarium was closed for renovations. The gardens that surround the museum was also very interesting to walk about in.

1  Thank Rowena A
Reviewed 3 February 2017

Quite impressive with the collections particularly by the cave paintings and indigenous artifacts. Also has a large collection of local animals and marine animals etc.

1  Thank Tina L
Reviewed 1 February 2017

We were very impressed by the quality of the display of the rock art. The exhibit on the life of Nelson Mandela was very moving. There were parts of the museum that were closed or undergoing renovation when we went in early November 2016 but...More

1  Thank DougS51
Reviewed 3 January 2017 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...More

1  Thank Mandy H
Reviewed 1 January 2017

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.

Thank R0llingSt0ne2011
Reviewed 31 December 2016 via mobile

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

1  Thank hanlie_1209
Reviewed 26 December 2016

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...More

Thank JTGnyc
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...More

1  Thank PGPadu
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...More

1  Thank NewMexicoSilverqueen
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