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Observatory Museum

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10 Bathurst Street, Grahamstown 6139, South Africa
+27 46 622 2312
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Unfortunaely Closed ofr Renovations

The museum was closed when I visited, unfortuately, so I couldn't go and see the old camera... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Mark R
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Peterborough, United Kingdom
Closed!

Unfortunately, this museum is closed for renovation and has been for some time. Not quite sure when... read more

Reviewed 10 April 2018
Paula B
,
Kloof, South Africa
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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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  • Very good52%
  • Average6%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible11%
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“obscura” (21 reviews)
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10 Bathurst Street, Grahamstown 6139, South Africa
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+27 46 622 2312
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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.

Thank Mark R
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Reviewed 10 April 2018

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...More

Thank Paula B
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Reviewed 22 September 2017 via mobile

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...More

Thank BlueSkiesBackpackers
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Reviewed 23 June 2017 via mobile

A most interesting and worthwhile visit. A fabulous piece of history. I would definitely recommend a visit.

1  Thank Antony C
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Reviewed 20 December 2016

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.

Thank 43Airschool
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Reviewed 28 September 2016

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...More

Thank ayshajoburg
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Reviewed 28 September 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.

Thank JANEFLOWER11
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Reviewed 26 July 2016

Very interesting place with lots of old stuff and the most interesting telescope definitely a must when in Grahsmstown

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Reviewed 16 July 2016

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...More

1  Thank AddieWolf
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Reviewed 13 July 2016 via mobile

An experience. ...well worth a visit...not something you see very often ... (the outside could do with a different colour coat of paint )

Thank sea143
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