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“Great Experience to Walk Around an Antique Ship!”

Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex
Ranked #1 of 27 things to do in Mossel Bay
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Flagler Beach, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
328 reviews
121 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 225 helpful votes
“Great Experience to Walk Around an Antique Ship!”
Reviewed 12 March 2014

We felt like time travelers when we were able to actually board the replica of one of the first ships to round the cape, back in the 1400's. How great to imagine being one of those brave sailors!

The ship head room was more spacious than we had believed and the storage room that was created was ingenious. All very interesting and informative! A must do. . . especially for children!

Visited March 2014
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Impressive maritime museum”
Reviewed 11 March 2014

This complex provides a great insight into the early settlement of this part of Southern Africa, and the role played by the Portuguese explorers. There are numerous small exhibits, including ancient maritime navigation instruments. The highlight however is the beautifully constructed replica of the ancient caravel and this replica was in fact sailed to South Africa. Despite the addition of some modern conveniencies (toilet), one gets a very accurate idea of what life aboard this relatively small vessel must have been. In addition there is a shell museum and a display of live crustaceans, shellfish and fish. For anyone with an interest in history, especially maritime history, this is definitely worth a visit.

Visited March 2014
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42 attraction reviews
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“Learn about Portuguese ”
Reviewed 4 February 2014 via mobile

Found it fascinating to learn about the Portuguese navigators and having the replica ship really brings history to life. And the fact that they landed on the site close to the museum just brings it even closer. Also worth checking out is the little aquarium.

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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“Interesting...”
Reviewed 3 February 2014

I had the pleasure to catch the tail end of the museum's 25th anniversary celebrations. Fantastic friendly and knowledgeable staff, informative displays covering a wide range of subjects from local flaura to the history of navigation, the portuguese... Well worth visiting.

Visited February 2014
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Exeter, United Kingdom
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101 reviews
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“Pleasantly surprising”
Reviewed 31 January 2014

This starts dourly, with an unsmiling over-staffed load of black empowerment nonsense on entry to create a few jobs (well it is SA), and an old and old-fashioned set of initial exhibits. But be patient. What's on the walls is rather interesting and the entry building is just one of several points of interest. Improvement is swift. The sweeping land and sea scape outside, other buildings, thatched cottages. And best of all, the stunning building housing the Dias replica ship, and giving a totally unexpected yet fascinating lesson on Portueguese exploration to India (and thus SA history) from the late 1500s. We visited on a whim but it deserves more than that. And there is a very nice fish/sushi restaurant next door.

Visited November 2013
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