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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 31 May 2016

Great displays and interesting to see the Stone art history from different African countries. Loved the Whale and shark displays too.

Reviewed 28 May 2016

We went here on our tour. I was not impressed with the museum but I am not really a museum person. I did not tour the planetarium portion.

Thank inthewind2010
Reviewed 20 April 2016

We took our grandchildren aged 10 and 7 years respectively to the Iziko Museum yesterday. We spent almost three hours wandering around the different exhibitions . The highlight for the children was definitely Shark World and the Dinosaurs. We found the description of the different...More

1  Thank Averil M
Reviewed 1 April 2016

Very interesting museum with a lot of history that feeds your imagination. Very sad history really. You could spend a lot of time here.

Thank MarjorieBridge
Reviewed 29 March 2016

We went to specifically see the Oceans of Life photographic exhibition - which was excellent BUT we got side tracked too and ende up looking round the rest of the museum, what a beautiful building and some lovely displays. We liked the sea life exhibits...More

1  Thank Polly D
Reviewed 27 March 2016

I have been visiting this museum for almost 50 years, and it has always provided a satisfying few hours' escape from the bustling city. This time was no different, although my ten-year-old daughter said the planetarium show was ' for babies'. For the low entrance...More

1  Thank JJBuirski
Reviewed 27 March 2016

Interesting to walk around and read about our animals and minerals etcetera. Quite a lot of exhibits to see and a nice coffee shop as well

1  Thank jbb88
Reviewed 18 March 2016

The Planetarium is just awesome, the collection ,the animals, the fossil records, the bones, ambience is just great.

Thank FindingAE
Reviewed 3 March 2016

Really interesting, but you must have a sense of direction to get around the museum. Some very old pieces can be seen here. All-in-all very interesting for all age groups, also for people with prams and wheel chairs not a problem.

Thank Hdaymaker
Reviewed 29 February 2016

This museum was really interesting for those who are into natural history of which South Africa has plenty. In addition to carcasses of animals that you don't see in many places there are really interesting rock drawings

Thank sbjbt
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