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 - Ngundi |
from R600
1 night, 2 adults

Kwam eMakana - Ngundi

Sleeps 6 Grahamstown Bed and Breakfast in Grahamstown
0.16km from Observatory Museum

The Kwam eMakana project was the brainchild of former Premier of the Eastern Cape, Ms Nosimo Balindl...

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

Kwam eMakana - Ngcunga

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

The Kwam eMakana project was the brainchild of former Premier of the Eastern Cape, Ms Nosimo Balindl...

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

Kwam eMakana - Ezikweni Homestay

Sleeps 10 Grahamstown Country 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 - Nothando Homestay |
from R600
1 night, 2 adults

Kwam eMakana - Nothando Homestay

Sleeps 10 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 - Lulu Homestay |
from R600
1 night, 2 adults

Kwam eMakana - Lulu Homestay

Sleeps 10 Grahamstown Guest House, Grahamstown Self-catering, 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 - Kwa-Meza B&B |
from R600
1 night, 2 adults

Kwam eMakana - Kwa-Meza B&B

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 - Khaklane |
from R600
1 night, 2 adults

Kwam eMakana - Khaklane

Sleeps 9 Grahamstown Private Home in Grahamstown
0.16km from Observatory Museum

The Kwam eMakana project was the brainchild of former Premier of the Eastern Cape, Ms Nosimo Balindl...

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

Kwam eMakana - Thondo's Homestay

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 - Mbuyi Homestay |
from R600
1 night, 2 adults

Kwam eMakana - Mbuyi Homestay

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 - Kwa-Nomvuzo Homestay |
from R600
1 night, 2 adults

Kwam eMakana - Kwa-Nomvuzo Homestay

Sleeps 5 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...

 
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