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The Kowie Museum

Closed Now: 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Open today: 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
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Interesting history of times past in Port Alfred

Really interesting to be able to view the history of Port Alfred and in such a special place as the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
HelenD0rset
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Weymouth, United Kingdom
Not to be missed

A well laid out museum in the historic old station building that abounds with Settler information... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Dougsut
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Port Alfred, South Africa
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Kowie Museum is in the old Railway Station Building in Station Road, just off Pascoe Crescent, Port Alfred. It covers the history of the Port Alfred area including details of the settler families, an isiXhosa collection, the old harbour, railways...more
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Station Road | Old Station Building, across the road from the Port Alfred Police Station, Port Alfred 6170, South Africa
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Really interesting to be able to view the history of Port Alfred and in such a special place as the old railway station. Very good displays and lots of artefacts and the volunteer(s) are knowledgeable and very willing to discuss all and any aspects that...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank HelenD0rset
Rob_Crothall, Trustee at The Kowie Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you, Helen, for your review. Our Curator and her team are always working on new exhibits, so we would appreciate another visit when you return to Port Alfred. Regards, Rob

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A well laid out museum in the historic old station building that abounds with Settler information and pictures. Plus the full story on the Kowie River and some good information on the Marina. PlusPlus Plus. You will enjoy the visit.More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Dougsut
Rob_Crothall, Trustee at The Kowie Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you, Doug, for your positive review! I am pleased that you enjoyed your visit, and we look forward to welcoming you back in the future. As you know, we have new exhibits during each year, such as the model of the Blaauwkrantz Bridge railway...More

Reviewed April 3, 2018

Extremely informative with well constructed displays.The lady on duty was happy to assist with all the queries.More

Date of experience: May 2017
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Rob_Crothall, Trustee at The Kowie Museum, responded to this reviewResponded April 5, 2018

Hi KJ, Thank you for your rating and review. Our "Museum Helpers" are all volunteers who are interested in the history and like talking to visitors, and our Curator works with a small team to research and construct the displays. I am very pleased that...More

Reviewed February 13, 2018

...and not just for non residents. The marvellous collection of artefacts has great educational benefits to school children and others wanting to delve deeper into the development and history of this interesting town. ‘Manned’ by enthusiastic volunteers, you are made very welcome on top of...More

Date of experience: January 2018
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Rob_Crothall, Trustee at The Kowie Museum, responded to this reviewResponded February 15, 2018

Hi Celtic-Wanderer, and thank you for your review. Our Curator and Museum Helpers are passionate and knowledgeable and enjoy chatting to our visitors. You will be very welcome when you return! Regards..., Rob Crothall

Reviewed September 18, 2017 via mobile

Fantastic little museum in the old train station building. Well kept and full of local history. Certainly worth a visit for only R20.

Date of experience: September 2017
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Rob_Crothall, Chairman of Trustees at The Kowie Museum, responded to this reviewResponded October 1, 2017

Hi Grant, thank you for visiting our Museum and for your positive comments. We are fortunate to have a committed team of Trustees, and an excellent Curator. Thank you for spending time with us. Regards... Rob

Reviewed September 13, 2017

The Kowie History Museum is situated st the Old Station in Port Alfred and its exhibits cover a well thought out mix and variety of the history of Port Alfred such as the wrecks in the area, the Xhosa leaders, the development of the harbour...More

Date of experience: September 2017
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Rob_Crothall, Chairman of Trustees at The Kowie Museum, responded to this reviewResponded September 18, 2017

Hi Lesley, Thank you for your positive comments! Our Curator is very knowledgeable and dedicated, and we are fortunate to have an excellent team of Trustees and Museum Helpers. I am glad you enjoyed your visit, and we look forward to seeing you again. Regards......More

Reviewed April 10, 2017

This is a great initiative showcasing the history of Port Alfred and the surrounding area. This area has a lot of history dating back to the early arrival of the British settlers in 1820. A fascinating storyboard and well worth the time taken to visit.

Date of experience: December 2016
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Rob_Crothall, Chairman of Trustees at The Kowie Museum, responded to this reviewResponded April 18, 2017

Hi Carl, Thank you for your visit and your positive review! Regards... Rob

Reviewed February 17, 2017

If you want to find out about the history of this town this is the place to go. The people looking after the museum are full of local history and knowledge. Fascinating to hear about the early settlers, the wrecks. The museum takes you from...More

Date of experience: February 2017
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Reviewed February 13, 2017

The locals are trying to keep up the great history of the town with little help. The old Station is worth a visit and the old exhibits give you an idea of the great history of the town, one of the few river harbours in...More

Date of experience: February 2017
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Rob_Crothall, Chairman of Trustees of Kowie History Museum at The Kowie Museum, responded to this reviewResponded February 15, 2017

Hi, Thank you for your review of the Kowie History Museum - we appreciate your comments. Regards... Rob Crothall

Reviewed December 22, 2016

We really enjoyed this museum. What made it special were the 2 ladies that moved back to PA to retire. They lived in PA when they were children so they were able to provide so much history and stories that made the museum come alive....More

Date of experience: September 2016
1  Thank Emerson3091
Rob C, Chairman of Trustees at The Kowie Museum, responded to this reviewResponded December 24, 2016

Hi Emerson3091, Thank you for your positive comments! Our museum is entirely staffed by volunteers, and they enjoy chatting to visitors to the area. Please visit us again when you return to Port Alfred, as our Curator and the "Museum Helpers" are always working on...More

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Angel3585
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Hi Angel3585, Thank you for mentioning this issue! I will try to get both fixed. In fact, the Museum is in Station Road, on the corner of Pascoe Crescent in the old Station building, on the East side of the river. The... More
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