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Kimberley Tourist Information

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Kimberley Mine Museum
Kimberley boasts numerous tourist attractions with the highlight being the Kimberley Mine Museum. It is an open-air museum, where the Kimberley of 1880, the time of the diamond rush, has been rebuilt authentically. One can see dwellings of the diggers, the Perilly tobacco shop and other stores, pubs, a ballhouse, Barnato's Boxing Academy, the old farmhouse of the DeBeers family and a lot more. The DeBeers Diamond Hall displays - amongst other things - the famous Eureka diamond, the first officially registered diamond in South Africa. And one has a stunning view of the Big Hole. It is 215 metres deep and has a diameter of 1,6 kilometres which makes it the largest man-dug hole in the world. In August 1914, this mine ceased operating. Altogether 2,722 kilos of diamonds have been mined in the Big Hole. The museum is open daily from 8:00 - 18:00. Tel. (053) 8331557.

The Tram
A historical tram, the Kimberley Tram, travels daily from 09:00 to 16:15 between City Hall and Kimberley Mine Musuem resp. the Big Hole.

William Humphreys
Art Gallery
In the Civic Centre. The Art Gallery shows a considerable collection of paintings by Dutch masters from the 17th century and modern pieces of South African artists. Tel: (053) 8311724. Open mondays to saturdays: 10:00 - 13:00 and 14:00 - 17:00.

Duggan Cronin
Photo Gallery

In Egerton Road. Exhibits indigenous cultures and lifestyles Impressive ethnographic collection of some 8000 photographs taken by Irishman AM Duggan Cronin between 1919 and 1939. Open Monday-Friday: 9h00-17h00, Saturday: 9:00-13:00 & 14:00-17:00, Sunday: 14:00-17:00. Tel: (053) 842 0099.

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