The East London Museum, under the curatorship of Mr Mcebisi Magadla, is one of the best of its kind in
the Eastern Cape, with a variety of galleries to suit the interest of most people.
It is well-situated and easy to find. Ask people in the neighbourhood, or if you are a tourist, your hotel
reception will be sure to point you in the right direction. There are several hotels within easy distance, so
whether you are a staying in a Britannia
Hotel branch or a family-run bed & breakfast you might just be minutes away. Even more reason not
to miss these amazing collections!
The Border Gallery introduces the history of the region and leads into displays of southern Nguni
beadwork and traditional culture. Period settings from the Late Victorian to the 1930s Art Deco style
feature in the Costume Gallery, where Dr Joseph Denfield's photographs of old East London are also on
Model ships and shipwreck artifacts in the Maritime Gallery tell the story of trade and exploration along
the Eastern Cape coast. There are also exhibits on the Buffalo Harbour, and on the sinking of the
The Atalaia Gallery contains bronze cannon salvaged from the Portuguese carrack which was wrecked
near Cefane in 1647 while sailing from India to Portugal.
The Natural History gallery features the original coelacanth ("Latimeria Chalumnae") first
discovered in 1938. The museum also boasts a large collection of animal, marine and avian specimens.
A gallery is devoted to the German Settlers who arrived in the Eastern Cape during the late 1850s and
made their contribution to the rich mix of South African cultures.
The East London Museum is open every day except for Christmas Day and Good Friday.
For more information, phone +43 743 0686 or fax +43 743 3127.
Contact: The Project Coordinator