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.

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from R1,120
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Hotel Victoria Mews

Sleeps 41 Grahamstown Hotel in Grahamstown
0.39km from Observatory Museum

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from R600
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Bartholomew's Loft

Sleeps 10 Grahamstown Self-catering in Grahamstown
0.45km from Observatory Museum

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from R1,170
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Colonel Graham Guest House

Sleeps 24 Grahamstown Guest House in Grahamstown
0.50km from Observatory Museum

Colonel Graham Guest House offers 11 rooms situated in attractive private gardens with a swimming po...

from R700
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Amazing Grace

Sleeps 8 Grahamstown Self-catering in Grahamstown
0.56km from Observatory Museum

Amazing Grace is a renovated family home full of quaint vintage treasures. Conveniently situated wi...

from R890
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Oak Lodge Guesthouse

Sleeps 40 Grahamstown Bed and Breakfast in Grahamstown
0.61km from Observatory Museum

Suitable for business or leisure travellers, Oak Lodge Guesthouse is a17-bedroom guest house offerin...

from R1,090
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Evelyn House

Sleeps 18 Grahamstown Guest House, Grahamstown Bed and Breakfast in Grahamstown
0.63km from Observatory Museum

Centrally situated, Evelyn House is near some of the most historical sites in Grahamstown. With its...

from R1,090
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Graham Hotel

Sleeps 66 Grahamstown Hotel in Grahamstown
0.64km from Observatory Museum

Graham Hotel welcomes you to a timeless world of complete comfort and warm Eastern Cape hospitality,...

from R1,300
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Lantin Hill

Sleeps 14 Grahamstown Guest House, Grahamstown Bed and Breakfast in Grahamstown
0.65km from Observatory Museum

Lantern Hill is a historical guest house set in the heart of Grahamstown. This modernised guest hous...

from R900
1 night, 2 adults

The Cock House

Sleeps 36 Grahamstown Guest House in Grahamstown
0.77km from Observatory Museum

Built in 1826, this charming Victorian home has been lovingly restored and is a declared National Mo...

from R620
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Mhambi - The Traveller B&B

Sleeps 3 Grahamstown Self-catering, Grahamstown Bed and Breakfast in Grahamstown
0.78km from Observatory Museum

Colourful, private and secure, Mhambi cottage lies at the top of George Street looking up to Makana’...

 
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