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Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex

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Address: Market Street, Mossel Bay 6506, South Africa
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Very informative

Me and my husband loved this little outing! We were in awe of the great amount of history. Do yourself a favour!!

Reviewed 4 days ago
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Pretoria, South Africa
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Pretoria, South Africa
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5 reviews
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Me and my husband loved this little outing! We were in awe of the great amount of history. Do yourself a favour!!

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Paarl, South Africa
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6 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful setting for a function, accommodating and friendly staff, magnificent ship and history. A must see for anyone passing through Mossel Bay.

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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43 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

The complex gives a nice variety of things to see - the shell museum, the post office tree and the maritime museum - containing a model of Dias's ship - being the highlights.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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10 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Takes u back in time Replica of Barthlomeaus boat. Shop for souveneiurs Entry is free. Great outside gardens. Remember to vsit the post tree and send yourself or someone a postcard. Postcards 4 sale on shop

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Cape Town, South Africa
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very well presented with a life-sized replica of the 15th century's sailing vessels.Interesting maps. A totally pleasant visit.

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Thank 427Shaz
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8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As informative and cool as this spot is, the museum section displays are old and bit rundown. The climb onto the caravel was worth seeing the cramped quaters keeping in mind sailors traveld great distances in these. The post tree / shoe is cool and hopefully still operative since we did post some postcards to have the special postal stamps... More 

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Port Elizabeth
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23 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The importance of this museum in the context of South Africa cannot be over emphasised. It was here that the early European navigators first made landfall in South Africa but long before those Portuguese caravels arrived searching for food and water this place was home to the first permanent residents of the southern coastline the Khoenkhoen or khoikhoi people. The... More 

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Thank wildguide
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31 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The museum has a varied collection of monuments, with the "Post Office Tree" worth a visit. The clear highlight is the recreated caravel as used by Dias to first reach the Bay fron Europe, with very detailed and fascinating information about the maritime explorers around that time

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Brits, South Africa
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5 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I really liked the herb trail, with the possibility of blind people reading it. I think the plants need to be refreshed. The shell house was really nice.

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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9 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I grew up in the George/Mossel Bay area and it was commonplace to go to the post boot and big tree. Now, you can only get there by paying to go through the museum. :-( The museum itself was frustrating - lots of interesting things there but no background/explanations/guides available.

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