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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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  • Poor5%
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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 1 week ago via mobile

The museum seemed dark to me as in not sufficient lighting. We only had a short 45 mins or so to go through the museum. We were brought here on a half day city tour and basically were left on our own to explore. We...More

Thank Lisa S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Weirdly organized... lacking funding... but it's not expensive and not a long stop either. Anthropological section was the most thorough and interesting. Nice collection of clothing and tools of various groups ( besotho, Zulu, san) and also San cave paintings with a pretty good exploration...More

Thank Amara P
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a great combination of natural history, ancient art, marine life and more. We are glad we came to visit. We wished the lighting were a bit brighter for our aging eyes.

Thank revjcs
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It must be impossible to try and put in one museum something which reflects everything a place like South Africa has to offer. This museum gives it a good shot and largely succeeds. There are a wide range of exhibits with a focus on natural...More

Thank Paul T
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We loved the Planetarium and enjoyed our amble around the museum - my boys especially liked the dinosaur display area. Some of the museum is under construction with new displays, so we look forward to seeing what is unveiled.

Thank Tracy C
Reviewed 2 July 2017

We have been wanting to visit the planetarium for some time, it was supposed to open renovations in January 2017 but it only recently opened. The staff at the entrance was really as responsive as wax sculptures. We requested tickets for a show that they...More

1  Thank Paljas1976
Reviewed 2 July 2017 via mobile

Disappointed. The Museum Part need some TLC. For a start, fix the lightbulps in some display rooms/ cabinets. As a local I wont feel proud to recommend a visit to overseas guests at this stage. Have visited the Planetarium before, which deserve 5 Stars though,...More

1  Thank Hennie A
Reviewed 30 June 2017 via mobile

Poorly funded and outdated. The layout is confusing, one place there are local animals next to a geode and there is no rhyme or reason as to why. Kids would still enjoy an hour for the big skeletons and such, but this is not an...More

1  Thank Zoe H
Reviewed 28 June 2017

Worth it a big stop there and enjoy the wonderful museum and fantastic planetarium. This planetarium is the best of the world nowadays. You can buy your ticket for planetarium and enjoy for free the museum before or after the planetarium seccion. But, eat something...More

Thank Viviana B
Reviewed 20 June 2017 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!

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