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Old Gaol and Art Gallery

24 Queen Street, Knysna 6571, South Africa
+27 44 302 6320
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Regrettably poor for a large town

So much more could have been done in and with this town museum. There is nothing unique and much is... read more

Reviewed 7 January 2018
Roger P
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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Worth a visit

Quaint and small with different themed rooms such as the elephant room and maritime room which was... read more

Reviewed 7 November 2017
Mands007
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Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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“maritime” (2 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: < 1 hour
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24 Queen Street, Knysna 6571, South Africa
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+27 44 302 6320
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Reviewed 7 January 2018 via mobile

So much more could have been done in and with this town museum. There is nothing unique and much is borrowed from elsewhere like the "titanic" room. Where is the local interest ?

Thank Roger P
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Reviewed 7 November 2017

Quaint and small with different themed rooms such as the elephant room and maritime room which was particularly interesting. The exhibits have lovely detailed inscriptions which are both informative and interesting. The museum is free to the public but be aware of the closing times...More

Thank Mands007
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Reviewed 21 February 2017 via mobile

We chanced upon this interesting little museum which is much more than a former gaol. It contained a lot of interesting facts about the Thesen family, one of the founding fathers of Knysna, and there is a whole section devoted to the Knysna forest elephants....More

Thank Gail E
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Reviewed 31 January 2017 via mobile

Small museum, worth a look, interesting maritime history and community cafe. Why will the municipality not accept small donations? I wanted to give a contribution to help maintain the exhibits, which need care and attention, but the friendly lady on duty told me this is...More

Thank TheRowntrees
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Reviewed 15 November 2016

The Old Gaol is right in the center of town, on the N2. For years it was used to house miscreants and the current display is of a 'typical jail cell'; however, the narratives focussed on a series of gangs (?) labeled the 27's, 28's...More

Thank NewMexicoSilverqueen
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Reviewed 3 November 2016

There are not many museums & historical buildings really along the Garden Route. Do stop off at this - literally round the corner from the main N2 road, It is a great use of the old Gaol buildings with small intimate displays about the history...More

Thank CathyWinchesterUK
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Reviewed 30 October 2016

By chance, we found this art gallery,with a tiny coffee shop,with snacks,light food offerings.Staff were knowledgeable,helpful,interesting.I believe it was on Queen street, but not positive.Check first.A local gallery worth seeing!

Thank Maureen D
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Reviewed 23 October 2016

We learnt about the museum due to the expo that was run while we were in Knysna. It was a good little discovery that isn't readily promoted. There was nobody in attendance during our visit but there's enough information written on the walls to gain...More

Thank Isiphiwo
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Reviewed 7 October 2016 via mobile

I would recommend this place to everybody! Everybody was friendly and went out of their way for us! The only problem i have is that there is too little of the original history of the building. They should upgrade more of the cells etc. This...More

Thank Rudi B
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Reviewed 1 September 2016

What an interesting old building. If the walls could talk. Quite a variety of art to look at. Not much was my taste, but then I like realistic art, not the funny stuff you can hang upside down and no-one will notice. It is worth...More

Thank Y99AH
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