Observatory Museum

Description

Visit a rare Victorian amusement once considered 'The Magic Mirror of Life'.

This unusual multi-storeyed 19th century Victorian shop and home is now a museum housing interesting displays, a Meridian room, an observatory and the only camera obscura in the southern hemisphere.

Known for its identification of the Eureka in 1867, this house had a place in the identification of the first diamond that was found in South Africa, and a display on the ground floor tells this story.

This connection with the Eureka prompted De Beers Consolidated Mines Ltd. to purchase and restore the Observatory in the 80s to commemorate the start of the diamond industry in South Africa.

The Observatory Museum is part of the Albany Museum complex – www.ru.ac.za/albanymuseum.

Weekdays 09:00 – 16:30
Saturdays 09:30 – 13:00.

Observatory Museum Map

In and Around

Accommodation near Observatory Museum

*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling distance.

Kwam eMakana - Yolowethu Homestay |
from R600
1 night, 2 adults

Kwam eMakana - Yolowethu Homestay

Sleeps 8 Grahamstown Guest House in Grahamstown
0.12km from Observatory Museum

The Kwam e-Makana project was the brainchild of former Premier of the Eastern Cape, Ms Nosimo Balind...

Kwam eMakana - Notho Homestay |
from R600
1 night, 2 adults

Kwam eMakana - Notho Homestay

Sleeps 4 Grahamstown Guest House in Grahamstown
0.13km from Observatory Museum

The Kwam e-Makana project was the brainchild of former Premier of the Eastern Cape, Ms Nosimo Balind...

Kwam eMakana - Siphokazi Homestay |
from R600
1 night, 2 adults

Kwam eMakana - Siphokazi Homestay

Sleeps 6 Grahamstown Guest House in Grahamstown
0.13km from Observatory Museum

The Kwam e-Makana project was the brainchild of former Premier of the Eastern Cape, Ms Nosimo Balind...

Kwam eMakana - Elenor's B&B |
from R600
1 night, 2 adults

Kwam eMakana - Elenor's B&B

Sleeps 13 Grahamstown Bed and Breakfast in Grahamstown
0.16km from Observatory Museum

The Kwam e-Makana project was the brainchild of former Premier of the Eastern Cape, Ms Nosimo Balind...

Kwam eMakana - Buni B&B |
from R600
1 night, 2 adults

Kwam eMakana - Buni B&B

Sleeps 7 Grahamstown Bed and Breakfast in Grahamstown
0.16km from Observatory Museum

The Kwam e-Makana project was the brainchild of former Premier of the Eastern Cape, Ms Nosimo Balind...

Kwam eMakana - Mercy's Homestay |
from R600
1 night, 2 adults

Kwam eMakana - Mercy's Homestay

Sleeps 7 Grahamstown Guest House in Grahamstown
0.16km from Observatory Museum

The Kwam e-Makana project was the brainchild of former Premier of the Eastern Cape, Ms Nosimo Balind...

Kwam eMakana - Kwa-Joy Homestay |
from R600
1 night, 2 adults

Kwam eMakana - Kwa-Joy Homestay

Sleeps 7 Grahamstown Guest House in Grahamstown
0.16km from Observatory Museum

The Kwam e-Makana project was the brainchild of former Premier of the Eastern Cape, Ms Nosimo Balind...

Kwam eMakana - Nondwe Homestay |
from R600
1 night, 2 adults

Kwam eMakana - Nondwe Homestay

Sleeps 8 Grahamstown Private Home in Grahamstown
0.16km from Observatory Museum

The Kwam e-Makana project was the brainchild of former Premier of the Eastern Cape, Ms Nosimo Balind...

Kwam eMakana - Nomini B&B |
from R600
1 night, 2 adults

Kwam eMakana - Nomini B&B

Sleeps 6 Grahamstown Guest House in Grahamstown
0.16km from Observatory Museum

The Kwam e-Makana project was the brainchild of former Premier of the Eastern Cape, Ms Nosimo Balind...

Kwam eMakana - Dywili |
from R600
1 night, 2 adults

Kwam eMakana - Dywili

Sleeps 5 Grahamstown Private Home in Grahamstown
0.16km from Observatory Museum

The Kwam e-Makana project was the brainchild of former Premier of the Eastern Cape, Ms Nosimo Balind...

 
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