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Poor display of a fascinating time in history

Although the history museum is in dire need of cleaning, refurbishment, basically a major... read more

Reviewed March 2, 2017
Maria E
Jakarta, Indonesia
What a let-down!

I decided to visit the history museum and was saddened to see what has happened to a once... read more

Reviewed June 26, 2016
Port Elizabeth, South Africa
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Dec 24, 2017
“We should have lowered our expectations ”
Mar 2, 2017
“Poor display of a fascinating time in history”
Somerset Street, Grahamstown 6139, South Africa
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Reviewed December 24, 2017 via mobile

As many of the other reviewers pointed out, the museum is in abysmal form. The staff, or rather one staff member, seems absolutely indifferent to the institution. When we asked her how old the museum was, she shrugged and mumbled an incoherent 'I don't know'...More

Thank CareneMouton
Reviewed March 2, 2017

Although the history museum is in dire need of cleaning, refurbishment, basically a major overhaul...... I quite enjoyed to stroll around and learn something about the history of the early Settlers, the Xhosa and the Khoikhoi. There was no staff around, only three ladies at...More

Thank Maria E
Reviewed December 18, 2016

Enjoyed the Xhosa display. The fossil heritage information was well done. I was amused by the speckled weaver nest display was amusing. The monkey that helped the train conductor is a nice story. There are hidden historical treasures for all types of interests - look...More

Thank Emerson3091
Reviewed August 26, 2016 via mobile

Such a disappointment. ..everything looks old and run down...and in desperate need of a clean....too many staff doing nothing.... I counted 5 staff.. all sitting around and chatting...they can't all be on meals break at 10 in the morning... and they were still there 40...More

Thank sea143
Reviewed June 26, 2016

I decided to visit the history museum and was saddened to see what has happened to a once fascinating repository of early Settler artifacts. Just two halls on the ground floor are in use- a disinterested staff member on a cell phone manned the entrance...More

Thank Jilldutoit
Reviewed February 11, 2016

My husband and I were pleasantly surprised at the exhibitions in this museum and spent an easy two hours strolling through the halls. Sadly many light bulbs were amiss among the rooms, plunging some sections into near darkness. We thought that maybe lights were turned...More

Thank AmazonLodge
Reviewed October 13, 2015

Grahamstown should be a nexus for Eastern Cape history but this museum lacks inspiration, other than the banners depicting the history of the Xhosa rulers. Exhibits need attention. There are a number of glaring historical omissions and grammatical errors in the captions, some of which...More

1  Thank lynandgra2014
Reviewed September 10, 2015

What a shame that this very precious piece of South African historical treasurehas been allowed to become so shabby and sad. Thank goodness for The Clock Tower.

Thank Courtlands390
Reviewed April 26, 2015 via mobile

Quickly went in and out, without getting anything out of it.. Not much to see, a few old stuff.. No real history lesson

Thank Mykey123
Reviewed January 28, 2014

Grahamstown is the heart of a region vibrant in history , culture , learning , religion. And does the museum reflect this ? No , a thousand times no ! So appalling that it warranted a quick 10 minute stroll through dead exhibits. As an...More

Thank CourteneyGeorge
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