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Bartholomeu Dias Caravel

Bartholomeu Dias Museum - Munrohoek Cottages

Bartholomeu Museum - Whale Skeleton

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 programme: 2 hours.
Target group: Grade 6
Learning area: Life Sciences / Social Sciences
Museum based or as an outreach programme 

Dias Museum has a unique ethno-botanical garden on its premises and it is used to its full in this programme. Learners first receive an hour long theoretical and powerpoint lesson and then go into the garden for a hands-on-experience where they see, touch,feel and smell the plants they heard about during the lesson. Emphasis is laid upon the names, origin and medicinal value of each plant.

The highlight here is the making of a medicine using a plant from the garden. The learners also get the chance to taste this ancient medicine made exactly like the San and Khoekhoen people.

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