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West World in South Africa!

The time of my freaking life at the old town! I felt like I was on the set of West World. Wear... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Leanne M
Cape Town Central, South Africa
well worth a visit

The museum gives a nice overview over the history of diamonds in South Africa and more specifically... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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Restored buildings at this historic site include a pub, a smoke shop and the De Beers family home. The mine itself is an astonishing crater from which over 22 million tons of earth has been removed by hand.
Tucker Street, Kimberley, South Africa
+27 53 833 1557
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The time of my freaking life at the old town! I felt like I was on the set of West World. Wear comfy shoes and sunscreen. It is definitely worth checking out while you're there. The town looks exactly how it would've looked back in...More

Thank Leanne M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The museum gives a nice overview over the history of diamonds in South Africa and more specifically Kimberley. Surely not to be missed when in the area

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

How anyone found these sparkling gens in the middle of a vast expanse is incredible. But find them they did and started a mine like no other. Fascinating in a 19th century greed chasing man against the environment sort of way.

Thank postscript65
Reviewed 8 August 2018 via mobile

Enjoyed meandering back time through this open air museum. Replica shops, banks, boxing club, pubs, bowling alley (and yes, you can play!), homes, dentist- and architects-office - all providing insight into life gone by. Loved the many old treasures in the auctioneers offices. Remember to...More

Thank ChristineT3268
Reviewed 7 August 2018

If you are travelling through Kimberley then its worth while to stop over and do a tour of the Kimberley Mine museum, we found it informative and interesting with loads of things to see and experience, although the guide we had was very good and...More

Thank Andrewschoeman
Reviewed 22 July 2018 via mobile

You receive entry into the mine museum included in your price for entry to the big hole. The old town however is open to the public because of the proximity of the nearby restaurant and bar. The best value for money of anything to do...More

Thank NormanE158
Reviewed 15 July 2018 via mobile

This is an very interesting place to visit. We really enjoyed it. It is well put together. Set aside plenty of time if you’re a reader since it’s a self guided tour. Lots of historical information.

Thank mrvspn
Reviewed 4 July 2018 via mobile

The Big Hole really is just that - a massive hole in the ground. What makes it impressive is the history and the stories that surround it, and while the museum tour makes some effort to conveying this, it fails to really bring home what...More

Thank WallasBallas
Reviewed 19 June 2018

Very interesting place. Here you can see how mining started and developed in South Africa. The Big Hole is great

Thank DanMar999
Reviewed 19 June 2018

What a fulfilling experience. if one is interested in history or just like to see how it was done a long long time ago, take time and go and visit the Kimberley Open mine and Museum. Afterwards one cam go and visit the occidental bar...More

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Response from JolandyB | Reviewed this property |
Hallo there. Yes there is places inside the main building where you can buy jewellery. Even oposite the Mine there is also a jewellery company. Hope this will answer your queation