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Unique view from Observatory Museum

posted 25 Feb 2015, 23:47 by Linda Dyani

If you only have time to visit one museum on your visit to Grahamstown then the Observatory Museum is the place for you.
The Observatory is a unique museum which celebrates the beginning of the diamond industry in South Africa.
The museum, which is part of the Albany Museum Complex opens its doors to the public for an exciting view of Grahamstown.
The tour allows you to get a 360 degree view of the town from the only Victorian Camera Obscura in the Southern Hemisphere, which is housed at the museum.
The Camera Obscura is unique amongst camera obscuras in the world as it has eleven lenses.
The recently appointed manager of the museum, Manzi Vabaza says unlike other structures, which were built for astronomical purposes, the camera obscura was built in 1892 purely as an attraction for the flourishing Manx tourist industry.