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 R780
1 night, 2 adults

Da Nova Apartment

Sleeps 8 Mossel Bay Self-catering in Mossel Bay
1.34km from Maritime Museum

De Nova Apartment is located in Mossel Bay and is an ideal option for those looking for a relaxing e...

from R600
1 night, 2 adults

Arosfa Lodge

Sleeps 8 Mossel Bay Guest House in Mossel Bay
1.36km from Maritime Museum

Arosfa Lodge offers comfortable overnight accommodation situated in Mossel Bay, only a short drive t...

from R700
1 night, 2 adults

Monte Carlo Self-catering

Sleeps 7 De Bakke (Mossel Bay) Self-catering in De Bakke (Mossel Bay)
1.37km from Maritime Museum

Along with luxuriously comfortable accommodation and a private coastal location, Carlo Self-Catering...

from R1200
1 night, 2 adults

b@Home Guest House

Sleeps 15 De Bakke (Mossel Bay) Guest House in De Bakke (Mossel Bay)
1.56km from Maritime Museum

from R1355
1 night, 2 adults

Pinnacle Point and Golf Resort

Sleeps 12 Mossel Bay Golf Estate Self-catering in Mossel Bay Golf Estate
1.57km from Maritime Museum

Pinnacle Point offers visitors, holiday makers and the serious golfer the ideal break-away destinati...

from R950
1 night, 2 adults

Seaview Mosselbay

Sleeps 8 De Bakke (Mossel Bay) Self-catering in De Bakke (Mossel Bay)
1.66km from Maritime Museum

Seaview Mosselbay is a spacious and safe self-catering apartment, ideally located in the secure acce...

from R900
1 night, 2 adults

1 Point Village Guesthouse & Holiday Cottages

Sleeps 46 Mossel Bay Self-catering in Mossel Bay
1.67km from Maritime Museum

Mossel Bay welcomes you with its warm, relaxed and friendly Garden Route hospitality. Our guesthouse...

from R700
1 night, 2 adults

Point Village Hotel

Sleeps 62 Mossel Bay Hotel in Mossel Bay
1.68km from Maritime Museum

Point Village Hotel is nestled on the side of a quaint village at The Point in Mossel Bay, a popular...

from R750
1 night, 2 adults

Point Beach House

Sleeps 6 Mossel Bay Central Self-catering in Mossel Bay Central
1.70km from Maritime Museum

In the beautiful fishing town of Mossel Bay, this tranquil Beach House is just what you need to get ...

from R2300
1 night, 2 adults

Laurie's House

Sleeps 10 Mossel Bay Self-catering in Mossel Bay
1.71km from Maritime Museum

This is a lovely self-catering house situated in a charming residential estate, in Mossel Bay. It h...

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