Diamonds are the world's most desirable treasure and the oldest with origins over three billion years ago. South Africa's contribution to that history changed the world's diamond industry forever. The Cape Town Diamond Museum pays homage to this extraordinary story, with insight and originality, sophistication and style. No trip to the city is complete without a visit here.
Learn how rough diamonds are transformed into creations of fire and light. The museum takes you on a journey that begins with a diamond's formation, deep inside the earth's crust. There, intense heat and pressure create the hardest substance known on earth. But these rough stones must still be delicately cut and polished before their exquisite beauty is revealed and they are, finally, set in pieces of timeless jewellery.
The discovery of diamonds in South Africa in 1867 sparked a historic diamond rush and had a profound impact on the diamond world: within a decade, most diamonds were coming from South Africa. Explore the romance and realities of this fascinating era as we trace the stunning rise and famous rivalries of the local diamond industry.
The Cullinan. The Hope. The Taylor Burton. These are some of the most well-known, most breathtaking and most valuable diamonds in the world. The museum presents magnificent, identical replicas, affording you the opportunity to appreciate their beauty and understand their fame, up close and personal.
- General: R50 per person
- Pensioners / Senior Citizens: Free
- Children under 14 years: Free
A guided tour of the museum by a diamond professional offers a unique opportunity to experience the wonderful world of diamonds and understand why the world’s most desired treasure has been met with such allure and fascination over the centuries. Duration: approx. 25-40 minutes. Maximum 10 adults per tour at one time. If larger than 10 adults, a 10 minute waiting period may be applied.
The museum caters for groups of up to 10 adults at a time, allowing each individual enough attention to take in all that the museum has to offer. Should a group be larger than 10 adults, the group will be divided and a 10 minute delay may be applied. Special group incentives can be arranged. Contact us to find out more. Group bookings must be booked in advance.
Level 1, The Clock Tower Waterfront, Cape Town, 8001 South Africa
How to get thereThe Clock Tower, The V & A Waterfront, Cape Town