Observatory Museum

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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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Good - A wonderful experience. The Camera Obscura was amazing.

Carina Hill
South Africa

Accommodation near Observatory Museum

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

from R1120
1 night, 2 adults

High Corner Guest House

Sleeps 22 Grahamstown Guest House in Grahamstown
0.80km from Observatory Museum

Centrally situated, historical property. En-suite bathrooms, heated towel rails, air conditioning,...

from R664
1 night, 2 adults

Sipho Bed and Breakfast

Sleeps 6 Grahamstown Self-catering in Grahamstown
0.82km from Observatory Museum

Sipho Bed and Breakfast is situated in a beautiful region of Grahamstown, on one of the premier tour...

from R1060
1 night, 2 adults

Auld House B&B

Sleeps 4 Grahamstown Bed and Breakfast in Grahamstown
0.82km from Observatory Museum

Auld House B&B is a lovely Victorian bed and breakfast, set in a pretty garden, in Grahamstown close...

from R820
1 night, 2 adults

Sundial Inn

Sleeps 6 Grahamstown Bed and Breakfast in Grahamstown
0.87km from Observatory Museum

Sundial Inn is centrally located in beautiful Grahamstown. The guest house offers bed and breakfast ...

from R900
1 night, 2 adults

Henri House B&B

Sleeps 12 Grahamstown Self-catering in Grahamstown
0.92km from Observatory Museum

Henri House is situated in a quiet residential area in the heart of the educational hub of Grahamsto...

from R1300
1 night, 2 adults

Zimluk B&B

Sleeps 10 Grahamstown Bed and Breakfast in Grahamstown
0.92km from Observatory Museum

Zimluk B&B is conveniently situated a few minutes’ walk away from the youthful exuberance of Rhodes ...

from R750
1 night, 2 adults

Mayfield Cottage

Sleeps 3 Grahamstown Self-catering in Grahamstown
0.99km from Observatory Museum

Mayfield Cottage is a charming little self-catering cottage set in a peaceful and lovely indigenous ...

from R800
1 night, 2 adults

Park Off B&B

Sleeps 3 Grahamstown Self-catering in Grahamstown
1.00km from Observatory Museum

Park Off B&B is a cosy, private self-catering unit situated in Grahamstown. The unit offers comfort...

from R500
1 night, 2 adults

Eagle's Nest B & B

Sleeps 8 Grahamstown Self-catering in Grahamstown
1.01km from Observatory Museum

Eagle's Nest Bed & Breakfast is on the sunny side of Grahamstown. Ideally situated near schools and...

from R1275
1 night, 2 adults

137 High Street

Sleeps 14 Grahamstown Guest House in Grahamstown
1.03km from Observatory Museum

Our eight tastefully furnished bedrooms are all en-suite and 100% white cotton adorns all beds. Othe...

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Carina Hill - 26 January 2015