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Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex

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Address: Market Street, Mossel Bay 6506, South Africa
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Explore history of explorers

We really enjoyed this museum - surprisingly good presentation of the exploration age, the development of maps and the contributions made by different people. We did pay the small... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 8 September 2016
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Dublin, Ireland
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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016

We really enjoyed this museum - surprisingly good presentation of the exploration age, the development of maps and the contributions made by different people. We did pay the small fee to access the caravel - what a way to honour the 300th anniversary of the first crossing!

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Portugal
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016

Being able to visit and enter the replica of the ship that took Bartolomeu Dias to Africa is extraordinary. Imagine how it would be living on the high seas and make world discoveries. In this museum we can also see the different species of proteas, aquariums and a variety of shells. In the gardens we find a replica of the... More 

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Mossel Bay, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016

The museum is excellent in its history of the Mossel bay area and has a superb Shell museum with exquisite shells on display. It also has a full scale replica of the Caravel that Bartholemew Diaz used when sailing to Mossel bay.He stopped there for water and found it in a spring within the museum grounds. There is also a... More 

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Thank thehardbard
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

The museum is rather old and posters a bit worn and tarnished, but expected from government institution. But still it was clean well maintained. Also affordable to visit all the sights offered.

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Thank Mari V
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016 via mobile

We went there with our unusual children and everybody there was so amazed by our children of uniqueness, the staff was friendly and helpful was nice to learn more about our history. Even to see the replication of Diaz boat how small it really is to travel the oceans. Also must say that the shell museum was also amazing to... More 

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Polokwane, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

Had a great time at the museum, free entrance during the week makes it even more accessible. Great souvenir shop inside. I appreciate the gate to the beach also. The ablution halls should be more clean and hygienic

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2016

We found the museum very well looked after but lacked things to see. I may be wrong comparing the museum to that which I have visited in the western world but I expected a wider range of artifacts and more information. I didnt feel I learnt much

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Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2016

The museum has several buildings. It was interesting to learn about the history of Mossel Bay and the Portuguese, which I had forgotten from history classes years ago. I also enjoyed the amazing shell collection.

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Windhoek, Namibia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2016 via mobile

I have a great memory of visiting this museum as a child and I was delighted to take my son there recently. It still smelt and looked exactly the same as I remember it. I do think that more can be done though, the displays are still the exact displays that I remember from 20 years ago.

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Thank thehungrytraveller10
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2016 via mobile

Be sure to visit the maritime museum and the caravel ship! Really interesting. Lots to see!! Impressed

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