East London Museum
East London Museum
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Roddy P
Johannesburg, South Africa927 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Couples
It’s an interesting collection of bits and bobs covering loads of different themes in lesser or greater detail. It jumps around a lot and some of the exhibits are very dated. Saying that it is well kept and clean and the staff try. There are some fascinating exhibitions - the Coelacanth being the obvious one and well worth spending time around. R25 per adult to get in makes it affordable. The cafe is closed so don’t worry about that
Written April 19, 2022
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Vermeulens1976-2008
Great Brak River, South Africa14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Well kept museum, clean with a good variety of pieces. Quite a few unique displays. Worth spending 2-3 hours there. The Google maps directions are wrong. Entrance is at the Guilford theatre.
Written December 29, 2023
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Brian E
East London34 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2015 • Friends
Still a well worth while place to visit. Take the whole family and find out what historical artifacts are to be seen.
Can recommend.
Written September 1, 2015
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Guido L
Erkelenz, Germany67 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Couples
We went to a lecture in the little auditorium of the museum. After this we were given the opportunity to visit this nice colonial style (inside) museum with a quick tour from the curator himself. A very passionate with a wide knowledge. We considered it as a privilege and were very excited afterwards.
If you have the chance and the time visit this gem.
Written March 10, 2019
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busisiwek2016
Vanderbijlpark, South Africa16 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2018 • Solo
A great place to visit, will be very beneficial to history lovers and learners. I love the cultural displace and difference between nguni tribes. no to be taken as a solo outing, a group to engage in discussion will be good.
Written February 1, 2018
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Annie M
East London, South Africa5 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Friends
An informative report and photos showing the challenges and struggles lived through by the early Europeans during their journey towards the South African coast.
A wonderful store of information on East London's only Coelacaths.
A huge collection of a variety of sea-shells from all over the world
A good view into the animals , birds and plants in and around the Eastern Cape.
and lot more....worth spending a few hours .
Written July 11, 2017
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AmzHZA
East London, South Africa13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2015 • Couples
The museum is completely unassuming from the outside and you make the unfortunate assumption that this will be a quick little outing. As a marine biology enthusiast, this museum has a stunning collection of shells, fish mounts and of course the coelocanth. The history of the coelocanth in East London is simply but effectively portrayed by a series of photographs and original hand written letters. A variety of other displays are available ranging from palaeontological displays, mammals, reptiles and birds (including an amazing bird egg collection) as well as beautiful cultural displays. The museum also organizes public lectures and even the occasional "Night at the Museum". You could get lost for hours in this surprising little museum...
Written December 15, 2015
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Christien H
East London, South Africa28 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2015 • Family
The museum is only open Monday-Friday, so you cant even get the time to visit it. When you get there the staff at the counter not very helpful.
Written November 26, 2015
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KEITH R
East London, South Africa11 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015
good place to take children who like to see weird and wonderfull things as it is educational for them.
Written September 30, 2015
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NineofCups
at sea268 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2015 • Couples
Established in 1921, the East London Museum is considered to be one of the most interesting natural and cultural history museums in the country. It was much larger than we expected and its primary claim to fame is the coelacanth (pronounced seel-ah-canth … who knew?), a “funky fish with limb-like fins” presumed to be extinct 50+ million years ago and caught in a nearby river in 1938.

Enough about weird fish ... the museum had much more to offer. Plaster casts of human footprints dated at 120,000+ years were on display, providing evidence of the earliest homosapiens in Africa. The Hofmeyr Skull, further evidence of Africa as the birthplace of modern man, is also on display.

The natural history section of the museum is somewhat tired. Some displays are missing and some of the info placards are missing. Some of the animals on display have seen better days. Still, it was quite complete and displayed several animals we'd probably never see in the wild.

On the cultural side, the displays of period costumes, furniture and early life in Eastern Cape was well done. We especially like the extensive and very distinctive beadwork collection and exhibits on the Xhosa people, native to this area in the Eastern Cape.
Written March 25, 2015
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