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Bartolomeu Dias Museum

South AfricaGarden RouteMossel Bay


Bartolomeu Dias Museum

The dynamic Bartolomeu Dias Museum in Mossel Bay is a melting pot of cultures and history and offers you a wealth of historically interesting places, entertainment and a lot of information about the coastal town.

Bartolomeu Dias was the first explorer to set foot on South African soil here in Mossel Bay on 3 February 1488. Discover in the maritime museum the life-sized replica of Bartolomeu Dias’s caravel or learn in the shell museum, with aquarium and touch tank, actively something about sea life and the creatures along South Africa’s shoreline.

The Old Post Office Tree is possibly the most famous place. This massive, over 500 years old milkwood tree, under which the early explorers left their important letters in an old shoe, was South Africa's very first post office. Visit us and enjoy a place where history comes alive in a spectacular setting with beautiful mountain and ocean views.

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