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Explore diamonds this winter

With winter here,  the cold, icy weather kills our desire to venture outdoors. Cape Town Diamond Museum offers the ultimate can’t-miss escape – a magically cosy indoor experience where you will discover how rough diamonds are transformed into exquisite creations of fire and light. Witness a three billion year-old story unfold, detailing the journey from mine to the final polished stone.

The Cape Town Diamond Museum can be found in the lively heart of the famous Clock Tower precinct at the V&A Waterfront, conveniently close to the gateway of the legendary Robben Island. The museum is unique, being 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, romance and challenges of the diamond industry. South Africa has produced some of the world’s largest, most valuable and memorable diamonds, including the Cullinan, the Hope and the Taylor Burton. Exact replicas of the world’s most famous and exquisite diamonds can be admired at the museum, which is designed to ensure visitors experience the excitement and mystery surrounding these iconic gems, leaving them enriched with knowledge.

Rough Cullinan Diamond
Rough Cullinan Diamond

The entire journey of diamonds is tracked, from mine to finger; from how they were created billions of years ago deep beneath the earth’s surface, to how they are cut and polished. The cutting and polishing process can be viewed first-hand at the museum, making it the place to visit – whether you are a diamond aficionado or simply just appreciate the perfect beauty of these glittering stones.

The museum is open seven days a week from 9am to 9pm.

For more information, please visit or call 021 421 2488 for bookings.

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