Maritime Museum

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View a life-sized replica of the caravel that brought master mariner and explorer Bartolomeu Dias to the shores of Mossel Bay from Portugal.

Diaz is reputed to be the first European explorer to set foot on South African soil in Mossel Bay on 3 February 1488. He named Mossel Bay ‘The Watering Place of Saint Blaize’ after collecting fresh water from the spring on the day of the patron Saint Blaize. Today the spring still flows and can be seen in the Diaz Museum complex grounds.

The caravel replica sailed into Mossel Bay in 1987 with much festivity, a gift from the Government of Portugal. Another treasure is a 1595 map of Mossel Bay by the early Dutch sailor, Cornelius de Houtman. Also on view are interesting artefacts and displays of maritime history during the time of the early Portuguese, Dutch and English navigators.

Monday to Friday 09:00 – 16:45
Public Holidays and Weekends 09:00 – 15:45

1 Market Street, Mossel Bay
+27 (0) 44 691 1067

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Great - Fascinating and very informative. A must do for every South African

Alan Nicholls
South Africa

Fantastic - FANTASTIC!

Andrew Mackenzie
South Africa

Accommodation near Maritime Museum

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

from R950
1 night, 2 adults

Villa Gouriqua 103

Sleeps 5 Mossel Bay Self-catering in Mossel Bay
0.11km from Maritime Museum

Villa Gouriqua 103 is a luxury apartment with beautiful sea views. It is situated just a few minutes...

from R1200
1 night, 2 adults

Gouriqua 105

Sleeps 4 De Bakke (Mossel Bay) Self-catering in De Bakke (Mossel Bay)
0.11km from Maritime Museum

Gouriqua 105 is located in a lovely complex in the small coastal town of Mossel Bay. Ideally situat...

from R2000
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Gouriqua Luxury Apartments

Sleeps 6 De Bakke (Mossel Bay) Self-catering in De Bakke (Mossel Bay)
0.12km from Maritime Museum

Brand new and stylishly furnished, 3 bedroom (sleep 6) and 2 bedroom (sleep 4) apartments on Santos ...

from R900
1 night, 2 adults

Gouriqua 305

Sleeps 4 Mossel Bay Central Self-catering in Mossel Bay Central
0.14km from Maritime Museum

Gouriqua 305 is a luxurious self-catering two-bedroom apartment in Mossel Bay. It has panoramic view...

from R1615
1 night, 2 adults

Protea Hotel Mossel Bay

Sleeps 72 Mossel Bay Hotel in Mossel Bay
0.15km from Maritime Museum

from R260
1 night, 2 adults

Mile Crunchers Backpackers

Sleeps 16 Mossel Bay Backpacker in Mossel Bay
0.22km from Maritime Museum

Situated in the seaside town of Mossel Bay, Mile Crunchers Backpackers offers comfortable and afford...

from R1800
1 night, 2 adults

The Anchorage - Apartments

Sleeps 6 Mossel Bay Self-catering in Mossel Bay
0.35km from Maritime Museum

Relax in our spacious three-bedroom apartment which offers stunning sea views. The property is situ...

from R700
1 night, 2 adults

Edward Charles Manor

Sleeps 28 Mossel Bay Guest House in Mossel Bay
0.43km from Maritime Museum

This hotel is conveniently situated for all tourist attractions and in easy walking distance to beac...

from R950
1 night, 2 adults

Aquamarine Guest House Mossel Bay

Sleeps 11 Mossel Bay Guest House in Mossel Bay
0.47km from Maritime Museum

Aquamarine Guest House offers guests luxury 4 Star accommodation in the centre of Mossel Bay. A del...

from R240
1 night, 2 adults

Santos Express

Sleeps 118 De Bakke (Mossel Bay) Backpacker in De Bakke (Mossel Bay)
0.47km from Maritime Museum

The Santos Express is a train lodge situated on the Santos Beach in Mossel Bay. It is a genuine tra...

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