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Interesting building and information. We started with a guide but we wanted to read everything so... read more

Reviewed 2 October 2018
Shirley W
England, United Kingdom
Worth a visit

Quaint and small with different themed rooms such as the elephant room and maritime room which was... read more

Reviewed 7 November 2017
Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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  • Excellent21%
  • Very good44%
  • Average28%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible0%
2 Oct 2018
6 Jan 2018
“Regrettably poor for a large town”
Suggested duration: < 1 hour
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24 Queen Street, Knysna 6571, South Africa
+27 44 302 6320
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 10 October 2015

What a pity this place was not more busy - very interesting looking through all the little pieces of Kysna history. Although it is not the biggest of "museums" there is definitely a good couple of cool things to see. If you are visiting Kysna...More

1  Thank Kirst_VZ
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 27 July 2015

Built in the mid-eighteen hundreds as a gaol for convict labour used to construct the Prince Alfred pass, this buiding was accorded National monument status in 1992. Today it houses an art gallery and museum. There is a "restored" cell but really it is an...More

1  Thank Jilldutoit
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Reviewed 2 October 2018

Interesting building and information. We started with a guide but we wanted to read everything so left the guide after about 15 minutes ( she was very good). There is a small cafe within the building too.

Thank Shirley W
Reviewed 6 January 2018 via mobile

So much more could have been done in and with this town museum. There is nothing unique and much is borrowed from elsewhere like the "titanic" room. Where is the local interest ?

Thank Roger P
Reviewed 7 November 2017

Quaint and small with different themed rooms such as the elephant room and maritime room which was particularly interesting. The exhibits have lovely detailed inscriptions which are both informative and interesting. The museum is free to the public but be aware of the closing times...More

Thank Mands007
Reviewed 20 February 2017 via mobile

We chanced upon this interesting little museum which is much more than a former gaol. It contained a lot of interesting facts about the Thesen family, one of the founding fathers of Knysna, and there is a whole section devoted to the Knysna forest elephants....More

Thank Gail E
Reviewed 31 January 2017 via mobile

Small museum, worth a look, interesting maritime history and community cafe. Why will the municipality not accept small donations? I wanted to give a contribution to help maintain the exhibits, which need care and attention, but the friendly lady on duty told me this is...More

Thank TheRowntrees
Reviewed 15 November 2016

The Old Gaol is right in the center of town, on the N2. For years it was used to house miscreants and the current display is of a 'typical jail cell'; however, the narratives focussed on a series of gangs (?) labeled the 27's, 28's...More

Thank NewMexicoSilverqueen
Reviewed 2 November 2016

There are not many museums & historical buildings really along the Garden Route. Do stop off at this - literally round the corner from the main N2 road, It is a great use of the old Gaol buildings with small intimate displays about the history...More

Thank CathyWinchesterUK
Reviewed 29 October 2016

By chance, we found this art gallery,with a tiny coffee shop,with snacks,light food offerings.Staff were knowledgeable,helpful,interesting.I believe it was on Queen street, but not positive.Check first.A local gallery worth seeing!

Thank Maureen D
Reviewed 22 October 2016

We learnt about the museum due to the expo that was run while we were in Knysna. It was a good little discovery that isn't readily promoted. There was nobody in attendance during our visit but there's enough information written on the walls to gain...More

Thank Isiphiwo
Reviewed 7 October 2016 via mobile

I would recommend this place to everybody! Everybody was friendly and went out of their way for us! The only problem i have is that there is too little of the original history of the building. They should upgrade more of the cells etc. This...More

Thank RudiB406
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