Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex

Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex

Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex
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  • Andre H
    Cape Town, South Africa417 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A good history lesson
    We found it a bit difficult to find the place as there are renovations happening around the area currently & then the sign on the gate was totally confusing saying authorised staff only. With the assistance a the security guard we managed to find our way in , cost R30pp. The centrepiece is obviously the main attraction and the replica boat is still in very good condition. You able to access the upper & lower decks , good for a few pics It is a small museum with lots of bits of information to read & some artefacts . If you enjoy history then you could easily spend a few hrs here. Outside there are also a few places to view , post office tree & boot , fountain &some old cottages. Also some nice views of the Mossel Bay beach
    Visited March 2023
    Written 8 March 2023
  • Wombling_Free_7548
    Bristol, United Kingdom2,079 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Oldest postbox
    Undergoing renovation at the moment so not everything is open. Still able to see the famous post box tree, and buy a stamped postcard to send from the post box. Great views of the bay too.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 September 2023
  • Jo K
    Worcester, United Kingdom6,691 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The post office 🏤 tree 🌳 is here
    Very friendly staff. Very cheap to get in too…. Some of other ships passengers got in for free.. This is where the post box milkwood tree 🌳 is, so don’t miss that. Also there is a gate at the bottom where you can walk to santos beach. The shell 🐚 museum was a bit sad though.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 February 2024
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Jo K
Worcester, UK6 691 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Very friendly staff. Very cheap to get in too…. Some of other ships passengers got in for free..
This is where the post box milkwood tree 🌳 is, so don’t miss that. Also there is a gate at the bottom where you can walk to santos beach.
The shell 🐚 museum was a bit sad though.
Written 10 February 2024
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Wanderering1
Lake Macquarie, Australia760 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
A very interesting display of models, maps and artefacts which is crowned by a life-size replica of Dias tiny ‘ship’.
Outside the hall where the aforementioned exhibits sit are several other features of the complex, including some historic houses. The most fascinating thing is the Post Office Tree which is where, hundreds of years ago, sailors who were far from home left messages in shoes which were hung from the tree. Subsequent ships passing through would collect the messages and take them on to their destination.
Written 6 February 2024
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Mobile624650
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
Great museum, friendly staff who took care of our luggage and watched our van. The replica ship is amazing and the artifacts give a good impression
Written 31 January 2024
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MyHoliday1304
Johannesburg, South Africa21 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Me and my family from
England went to museum. We found
it a sight for sore eyes. The water in the tanks were dirty, some tanks unkept, no fresh flowers where they show the plants in the area, just 2 dead
plants, the rest empty. Apart from wooden painted fish and a few shells, it was only Dias’s ship that was interesting. No story around it to make in interesting or worth to look at.
As someone who lives in the area, our most beautiful part of the country, that
museum needs an urgent upgrade. It is a shame to see it and how little was done to make this wonderful history into something worth visiting. I would say to people do not even waste your
time or the little entrance fee!
Written 28 December 2023
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Wombling_Free_7548
Bristol, UK2 079 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Undergoing renovation at the moment so not everything is open. Still able to see the famous post box tree, and buy a stamped postcard to send from the post box. Great views of the bay too.
Written 29 September 2023
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BuddingSommelier61
Gold Coast, Australia232 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
A great actual of the Bartolomeu Diaz that completed the original Voyage - with a great interactive map on entry. Not much else - however, a great view of the bay.
Written 3 May 2023
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Stubai99
Douglas, UK213 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
This place has a full size replica of a sailing ship which helped discover Mossel Bay. It was fascinating that this ship actually sailed to Mossel Bay with a crew although fitted with modern conveniences such as electric light fitting, modern wc's etc. It's would have been a great experience, on the walls are images and written history about the Spice route, the Portuguese, the Dutch and British explorers who travelled to the edge of the world to find spices and treasures.

You could spend a day easily if that's your thing reading all the information and still have questions. There is also a shop and cafe area inside and a selection of fresh water and marine tanks with live fish, mussels, octopus etc.
Written 16 April 2023
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JerryC1952
Hampshire, UK32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
A remarkable story of re-creating a 500 year old voyage with a somewhat quirky vessel.
However, the best part were the various story-boards setting out the importance and influence that Portuguese explorers had for Europeans in opening up not only South Africa but also much of the Indian sub-continent and the Far East - really worthwhile to spend tine here.
Written 20 March 2023
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Andre H
Cape Town, South Africa417 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
We found it a bit difficult to find the place as there are renovations happening around the area currently & then the sign on the gate was totally confusing saying authorised staff only.

With the assistance a the security guard we managed to find our way in , cost R30pp.

The centrepiece is obviously the main attraction and the replica boat is still in very good condition. You able to access the upper & lower decks , good for a few pics

It is a small museum with lots of bits of information to read & some artefacts . If you enjoy history then you could easily spend a few hrs here.

Outside there are also a few places to view , post office tree & boot , fountain &some old cottages. Also some nice views of the Mossel Bay beach
Written 9 March 2023
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Jeanette
Wellington, South Africa1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
We enjoyed going to the museum. The history is presented beautifully through art and artefacts. My kids enjoyed going on the boat and seeing the old maps. Definitely worth making the trip.
Written 9 January 2023
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