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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 5 days ago via mobile

First visit to this museum. It needs some refurbishment in my opinion. Lots of empty spaces and unfinished exhibits. My boy enjoyed the dinosaur exhibition the most. Good family afternoon out!

Thank Jakofsa
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A great way to spend a Sunday afternoon. Totally within everyone's budget... with concessions for kids under 18 and pensioners. Good graphics, great info and a passionate narrator, all highlighted the newly refurbished planetarium. The show was interesting, the seats comfy (one of the pensioners...More

Thank Colleen H
Reviewed 10 May 2017 via mobile

We came here on a Wednesday morning around 10:30 and didn't leave until 16:45!!! This museum is so well done, and is equally impressive and exciting for both children and adults. The displays of so interesting and informative that we just didn't want to leave....More

Thank TravelReviewer1983
Reviewed 7 May 2017 via mobile

This was the first time in years that I have visited the museum. I must admit that I was disappointed. One can see that they are trying their best to keep the standards up, but it clear they lack funding. Most of the displays are...More

Thank CaptCapeTown
Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

This museum is a very good activity on rainy days. Especially the natura section with animals and dinosaurs is very cool. However this museum is very weird. You go from stones to a planetarium to whales and afterwardq to the history of Africa and some...More

Thank Ward51
Reviewed 14 April 2017 via mobile

The planetarium is currently closed for refurbishment. However the museum is still operative. On the first floor is a good but old fashioned static exhibit natural history gallery - lots of birds and stuffed animals to see. Highlight was on the ground floor an excellent...More

Thank Andrew B
Reviewed 14 April 2017

Visited with my family in April 2017. Definitely not worth it at the moment. The planetarium is completely closed. There is construction going on. The current displays are outdated and nothing is interactive. The best thing about the visit was the coffee at the shop...More

Thank PFHugo
Reviewed 13 April 2017 via mobile

A group of 4 adults and 3 children visited during the school holidays (cheaper entrance charge for kids) but although there were plenty of visitors it didn't seem crowded. Displays were well laid out with informative background details, and in nice compact zones. The children...More

Thank Chris T
Reviewed 12 April 2017 via mobile

Quite enjoyable experience. Affordable and the kids had fun. The planetarium was closed for renovations which was disappointing. Quite a few other renovations going on and rather dark in some areas so tread carefully.

Thank AshleighGreen
Reviewed 12 April 2017

We stumbled upon this museum by accident while looking for a cafe. Well, they have a cafe and a terrific museum to boot. It seems overshadowed by other Cape Town attractions, but don't skip it. Good on a rainy or hot day too. It has...More

Thank Ernjack1972
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