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Bartholomeu Dias Caravel

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Bartholomeu Dias Museum Mossel Bay

The museum will re-open to the members of the general public on 1 October 2020. Opening hours will be between 09:00 to 14:00 on weekdays and will be closed on weekends and public holidays. Our staff members started preparing for visitors on 25 September 2020 after approval for the re-opening was granted by the National Department of Sports, Arts and Culture. The museum will be operated under strict level 2 lockdown rules and regulations. For example, visitors without masks will be denied entry to the premises. Visitors’ temperature will be tested and those who have 38°C or more will not be allowed entry. The caravel will be closed until further notice. The aquarium touch tank at the Shell Museum will operate like other tanks, visitors will not be allowed to touch the animals. Only 50 visitors per building will be allowed at a time.

Educational Programmes


Duration of program: 1 – 3 hours depending on the size of the group
Target Group: Grade 4/11
Learning Area: Natural & Social Science

One hour curriculum based presentation with activities on various marine environmental issues and topics. It is presented in the Marine and Cultural Environmental Center in the Granary.

Two hour guided tour of the Shell Museum and aquarium combined with rock pool ecology & snorkeling in a safe area. This program can only be done on spring low tides between 09h00 and 13h00

Programmes include DVDs videos and microscopic projections onto a big screen.

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