A must-do experience to add to your list while in South Africa is the Cape Town Diamond Museum – a glittering tribute to the world’s most precious gem. Here you are able to learn how rough diamonds are transformed into creations of fire and light.
The Cape Town Diamond Museum can be found in the heart of the famous Clock Tower precinct at the V&A Waterfront, conveniently situated close to the gateway to the legendary Robben Island. The museum is the only one of its kind in Cape Town, paying homage to the extraordinary story of the South African diamond industry.
Visitors are invited to explore the history and romance of the history of diamonds through stories told with originality and sophistication.
The museum features a number of authentic artefacts from our diamond mining history and you can even walk through a replica mine shaft, complete with realistic sound and lighting. As you emerge from this journey into the past, the knowledgeable guides impart facts about the era – famous rivalries, fascinating discoveries and romantic gestures.
South Africa has produced some of the world’s largest and most valuable diamonds, such as the Cullinan, the Hope and the Taylor Burton. Exact replicas of the world’s most famous and exquisite diamonds can be admired on display at the museum, which is designed to ensure visitors feel the excitement and mystery around these iconic gems.
The entire journey of diamonds is tracked, from mine to finger – from how they are shaped over billions of years deep beneath the earth’s surface to how they are cut and polished. The cutting and polishing process can in fact be viewed first-hand at the museum, making it a truly unique experience.
Visitors to the Cape Town Diamond Museum during February will be afforded the unique opportunity to hold a rough, uncut diamond.
The Cape Town Diamond Museum is open seven days a week from 9am to 9pm. Entrance is free.
For more information, please visit www.capetowndiamondmuseum.org or call 021 421 2488 for bookings.