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The Whale House Museum

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Address: Market Square, Hermanus, South Africa
Phone Number:
+27 28 313 0418
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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Charming but tired

Visited one half of the museum close to the dock/ramp. Charming staff and exhibit with whale bones to handle and brutal harpoon to remind us how blessed we are that whaling has... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
England, United Kingdom
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England, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Visited one half of the museum close to the dock/ramp. Charming staff and exhibit with whale bones to handle and brutal harpoon to remind us how blessed we are that whaling has all but disappeared.

Thank mysaddlebags
Johannesburg, South Africa
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23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The entrance fee was very cheap. The museum could do with a revamp/upgrade. Most exhibits seem old & outdated. A fresh modern look could add some "colour" to the place The Whale Skeleton is the only highlight. The kids enjoyed it.

Thank Thirusha V
Kettering, United Kingdom
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548 reviews
343 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A must visit place in Hermanus, showing everything you would want to know about Whales. We would recommend a visit.

Thank malc1005
Hermanus, South Africa
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16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 February 2017

There are two highlights to this museum, the huge Southern Right skeleton hanging in Whale House and the De Wets Photo Museum just opposite. These and the Old Harbour Museum are all part of the same complex and the inexpensive entry fee covers visits to all three. History buffs will especially enjoy the photo museum which has a large number... More 

Thank Julian B
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14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 January 2017

Cheap entrance, but needs revitalising. Some of the exhibits are poor but there is scope to improve and upgrade. Think about adding.....some art? ..and some more modern features.

Thank Ann M
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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145 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

Unless you don't know that a whale isn't a fish I'd save your money for elsewhere. There is a nice skeleton on a right whale though.

Thank Martin D
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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356 reviews
175 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 December 2016

R20 entrance fee for adults and R5 for children - this museum was rather disappointing with one TV screen showing videos of whales and then a few pictures on the walls. That was it. Various children electronic equipment under construction. Not much else there, can't really recommend.

Thank Stanley466
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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323 reviews
169 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 December 2016 via mobile

It's small, cheap and central taking up one of the old cottages in the harbour square. Children (and adults) can learn more from reading the boards around the clifftop path and watching the whales in action. The Southern Right is the star using the bay to breed and perform - but only in Sept/Oct when they head north from the... More 

Thank postscript65
Westhoughton, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 November 2016

We have been in whale/whale-station/whaling related museums in the U.S., U.K., Azores etc. To us, they are fascinating, though to the "casual" visitor, this 2-location museum probably seems disjointed. The one part is by the old fish landings and is a repository of harpoon relics, whale skeleton and baleens plus other odds and ends, but put together haphazardly. However to... More 

Thank CaptainLees
Antwerp, Belgium
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11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 November 2016 via mobile

Apart from a whale skeleton, there is nothing to see here. Not worth visiting even when it rains. Same for the harbour and photo museum nextdoor.

Thank markorni

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