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Interesting

Interesting building and information. We started with a guide but we wanted to read everything so... read more

Reviewed 2 October 2018
Shirley W
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England, United Kingdom
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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2 Oct 2018
“Interesting”
6 Jan 2018
“Regrettably poor for a large town”
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24 Queen Street, Knysna 6571, South Africa
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Reviewed 2 October 2018

Interesting building and information. We started with a guide but we wanted to read everything so left the guide after about 15 minutes ( she was very good). There is a small cafe within the building too.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Shirley W
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 ?

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank RogerP127
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

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank Mands007
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

Date of experience: February 2017
Thank Gail E
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

Date of experience: January 2017
Thank TheRowntrees
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

Date of experience: November 2016
Thank NewMexicoSilverqueen
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

Date of experience: October 2016
Thank CathyWinchesterUK
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!

Date of experience: September 2016
Thank Maureen D
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

Date of experience: October 2016
Thank Isiphiwo
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

Date of experience: October 2016
Thank RudiB406
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