Kimberley Mine Museum

Situated next to The Big Hole, this open-air museum depicts Kimberley in its Victorian heyday during the diamond rush.

Northern Cape Tourist AttractionsThe Kimberley Mine Museum

Situated next to The Big Hole, this open-air museum (one of the finest in the world) depicts Kimberley in its Victorian heyday during the diamond rush.

Where? Tucker Street, Kimberley, 8300, Northern Cape

When? Open daily from 08h00 to 17h00.

How? Call +27 (0)53 830-4417

Overnight? See Kimberley accommodation, in Northern Cape

Kimberley Mine Museum incorporates shops and houses, a church, diggers' tavern, Barney Barnato's Boxing Academy, and the De Beers directors' private railway coach.

The Transport Hall contains an assortment of late 19-century vehicles, and De Beers Hall houses a display of uncut diamonds, stones of different colours and items of jewellery.

Also on display are the "616" (616 carats), the largest uncut diamond in the world, and the "Eureka", the first diamond discovered in South Africa.

Popular Activities in or near Kimberley Mine Museum

The Big Hole


A trip to the Northern Cape Province would be incomplete without a detour to include the Big Hole in Kimberley; it is an opportunity not to be missed. What began as a flat-topped hill is today a gaping hole measuring 215 metres deep...

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Diggers Memorial


The Diggers’ Memorial is one of the monuments that constitute part of this heritage, contributing to it in an important way. It depicts five life-sized miners holding up a diamond sieve, high above their heads. Their strength and power is...

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Did you know?

Digging commenced at the Kimberley mine site in 1871. By the time mining ended on 14 August 1914, the mine had yielded 2722 kilograms of diamonds, extracted from 22,5 million tons of excavated earth. (Reference: De Beers).

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