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The Whale House Museum

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

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Ever wanted to see a whale skeleton?

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
Julian B
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Hermanus, South Africa
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Hermanus, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Thank Martin D
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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2 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Thank Stanley466
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles 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 

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Westhoughton, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles 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 

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Antwerp, Belgium
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2 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Thank markorni
Roodepoort, South Africa
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016 via mobile

We paid R20 per adult for the harbour museum as well as The Whale House and De wet museum. Personally i think The Whale House museum was sadly lacking. Yes it was interesting to see the skeleton of the whale. However that was about it. Very small museum and honestly could of googled more info

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016 via mobile

Only costs R20 to go into the three museums in Hermanus ....good value. The Whale Museum is small, quite old fashioned but gives good information about whales.

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Thank Poppyslane
Denmark
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

Great place to get some factual info about the sea life around Hermanus. It's a small place but we only paid 6 euro for all 4 so it's value for money. Recommended to visit before you go whale watching to get the facts right. Makes the whale tour much more enjoyable

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