Observatory Museum
Observatory Museum
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This odd house is an eclectic melange of architectural styles, the whimsy of amateur astronomer Henry Carter Galpin. Locals would set their watches by the time on Galpin’s clock tower.
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dik-mad-dog
Worksop, UK1 316 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Solo
Two female staff sitting huddled over an electric fire told me the Camera Obscura was broken. How long, I said... last week, I was told.

I asked to see it and received a one word answer... No.

So for the Grahamstown Art Festival one of the main historic attractions was not to be seen.

Not sure what the job description for the two ladies is but sitting next to a fire when its cold is right up there in their heads. Their reception informed my terrible rating.
Written 23 July 2019
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Mark R
Peterborough, UK118 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Solo
The museum was closed when I visited, unfortuately, so I couldn't go and see the old camera obscura, one of the worlds' oldest. An interesting old building to observe from the outside, however.
Written 28 May 2018
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Paula B
Kloof, South Africa25 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Family
Unfortunately, this museum is closed for renovation and has been for some time. Not quite sure when it will re-open. So sadly, childhood memories of visiting the camera obscura and learning more about life in the days of old could not be passed down to my children. very disappointing!
Written 10 April 2018
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Sean H
Grahamstown, South Africa18 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Family
an interesting place to visit the very old way of life...the house filled with antiques...
a tiger skin carpet in the lounge, the oldest of furniture, bicycles, clothing, science equipment, everything...really interesting...and then the views of our city by rooftop magnification...who would have thought...it is quiet an experience...unfortunately along with all our Museums...closed on weekends, when most visitors visit...???
Written 22 September 2017
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Antony C
Hilton, South Africa53 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Family
A most interesting and worthwhile visit. A fabulous piece of history. I would definitely recommend a visit.
Written 23 June 2017
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43Airschool
Wilderness, South Africa21 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2016 • Solo
Unfortunately this once splendid museum is now run-down and ill cared for. It's main attraction - the obscure doesn't work and hasn't for a long time.
Written 20 December 2016
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ayshajoburg
Johannesburg, South Africa10 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2016 • Friends
The museum consists of Victorian style rooms in a house of which the little turret at the top houses the observatory. The various rooms in the house could do with some attention - damp walls, sagging ceilings in some places. Nevertheless, the observatory was absolutely magical. Seeing birds fly and the wind turbines whirling away in real time was somehow different from looking at a video screen.
Written 28 September 2016
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JANEFLOWER11
East Cape17 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2016
Everyone will enjoy this experience. There are gadgets (old grammophones), stories (the diamond one) and wonderful views (the whole city of Grahamstown from the camera obscura). I enjoy this museum again and again.
Written 28 September 2016
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cnrdhnkm
Grahamstown, South Africa38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Family
Very interesting place with lots of old stuff and the most interesting telescope definitely a must when in Grahsmstown
Written 26 July 2016
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AddieWolf
Kenton-on-Sea, South Africa20 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Friends
I have been here before and found the visit very worthwhile and interesting. After checking on the Albany Museum website to confirm hours of opening (Sat 09:00 to 13:00 we decided to go on Saturday morning. After a 65km drive from Kenton-on-Sea we were disapointed to find the museum closed.
Written 16 July 2016
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