Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex, Mossel Bay

Currently Open [Closes at 04:45 pm]
  • Address: 1 Market St, Mossel Bay, 6500, South Africa
  • Timings: 09:00 am - 04:45 pm Details
  • Phone: +27-446911067
  • Ticket Price: 20 ZAR
  • Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Museum, Family And Kids, Exhibition , Specialty Shop, Specialty Museum
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About Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex, Mossel Bay

Inaugurated in the year 1989, the Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex is home to mountain tortoises, ducks, museum cats, and a shop that sells postcards, stamps, books, souvenirs, and small gifts.

The Dias Museum Complex features:

  • The Post Office Tree
  • A Maritime Museum
  • A Shell Museum
  • The Granary
  • Dias Spring
  • An Ethno-botanic Garden, Braille Trail, and Field Gardens
  • The Munro's Hoek Cottages

The museum is pretty interesting with impressive exhibits and hence is a recommended visit when in Mossel Bay.

Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex Ticket Prices

Entrance fee to the complex:

  • Adults: Rand 20
  • Children under age of 18: Rand 5
  • Pensioners: Rand 10

Entrance fee to complex ad to go on the replica of Dias's ship:

  • Adults : Rand 40
  • Children under age of 18: Rand 10
  • Pensioners: Rand 20

Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex Opening and Closing Hours

  • Closed on Good Friday.

How To reach Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex by Public Transport

  • Hire a car or rent a taxi.

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  • 95% of people who visit Mossel Bay include Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex in their plan

  • 76.88% of people start their Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex visit around 09 AM - 10 AM

  • People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex

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Bartolomeu Dias Museum Complex, Mossel Bay Reviews

  • Firstly, the bathrooms were akin to a war zone. Such filth and it appears that it hasn't been cleaned/fumigated in a while. The museum itself is interesting, but I personally felt like it was a trip back in time to the 90s; it just seemed outdated. There's a lot of potential, especially where the Dias replica ship is housed. The museum definitely needs to be upgraded in terms of more interactive and digital exhibitions. The Shell museum houses a large collection of shells and contains a small aquarium with a few fish, mollusk and other invertebrates exhibits. Again, these exhibits are interesting but feel way outdated. It would be great to have some form of guided tours as well, to make the trip a learning experience as well. To conclude, for the price of R40 ($3), it's not a bad way to spend a few hours.

  • Interesting museum but less writing based exhibits would be good. Kids love visual and interactive displays which are in short supply in museums.

  • When you are in Mossel bay, don't miss the Bartholomew Dias museum. It is located in a big park down towards the harbour. There are a few parts to the museum, at the entrance there is an exhibition on the local community and after that you enter a big botanical garden and park with seafaring memorabilia as well as the post office tree where the message of Dias death was left. There is also a small aquarium and of course the Dias museum with the centrepiece being a replica of his ship. There is plenty of things to see and read, but even if you just have a stroll through it will take you 40 minutes and you will see and learn something new. The cost is a mer 20 rand.

  • What an amazing place. Full of interesting history with a spectacular view. Really enjoyed the location and the amount of things to do.

  • Very interesting. Lots on display about a significant moment in South Africa’s early history. A must for a visitor to Mosselbay.

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