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“Strange but True”
Review of The Owl House

The Owl House
Certificate of Excellence
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Stairs / lift, Baby buggy parking, Lockers / storage
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Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Stairs / lift, Baby buggy parking, Lockers / storage
Knysna, South Africa
Level 6 Contributor
244 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“Strange but True”
Reviewed 9 June 2014

It would be fascinating to be able to quiz Helen Martins on her unusual and sometimes bizarre artwork. It is a wonderland to explore with every corner crammed with all manner of figurines made from a combination of cement and glass. If you are anywhere close it is worth visiting, even as a destination.

Visited June 2014
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Giv'atayim, Israel
Level 2 Contributor
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“So-called "Owl house"”
Reviewed 15 May 2014

Wasting time. Nothing else to say. Its not really a "museum" or anything, just a house of someone (Helen Martins. Who was Helen Martins? One can conclude she was an artist, specializing in owls, no other explanations are given. Owls for sale across the street are not very different. Anyway, Michelangelo she is not). Sometime in the past (when? why?) she choose to live there, creating more and more owls and the like, now chaotically stored in the backyard. Glad for her she was full of inspiration, now someone else charges 70R for visiting the crumbling house. The visit takes at most 2 minutes, no other attractions nearby.

Visited April 2014
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Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Beautiful”
Reviewed 27 March 2014 via mobile

Had an amazing time learning about the history behind the owl house and enjoying the art. The owl house is a good place to check out for sure, and all the local artisits that sell their work outside make it a great place to get keepaakes. This whole area is brimming with history, including a very interesting paleontological history. There are a few traditional Karoo eateries and the whole place seems like its from a different era. Very interesting experience.

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Newton Abbot, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
78 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Electrifying”
Reviewed 12 February 2014

What a strange experience. Helen Martins was clearly a driven woman, driven by what..... Well that's for you to make your mind up about. I've been reading the Rhubyat of Omar Kaiyam ever since to try and reconcile what I saw with what I read.

Visited February 2014
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South Africa
Level 6 Contributor
108 reviews
49 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“A special place”
Reviewed 26 January 2014 via mobile

Had always wanted to visit the Owl House and was not disappointed. A touching insight into the life and work of Helen Martins in a charming hamlet not too far off the main road. I only wished I could have explored the town for longer and bought more art from the stalls outside but my children were very disconcerted by the sadness that hung over the house and its packed yard. Not for everyone but anyone with the time or interest would be well advised to visit.

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