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Bartholomeu Dias Caravel

Bartholomeu Dias Museum - Munrohoek Cottages

Bartholomeu Museum - Whale Skeleton

Bartholomeu Dias Museum Mossel Bay

In accordance with our museum’s approved covid19 lockdown operational plan the operation times at our museum are as follows: During the week the museum is opened to the public from 09:00 to 16:45. On Saturdays and public holidays it is opened from 09:00 to 16:00 and Sundays from 09:00 to 13:00. The museum is operated under strict level 1 lockdown rules and regulations. For example, visitors without masks are denied entry to the premises. Visitors’ temperature is tested and those who have 38°C or more are not allowed to enter the premises. The caravel is closed until further notice. The aquarium touch tank at the Shell Museum is operated like other tanks, visitors are not allowed to touch the animals. Only 100 visitors per building are 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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