Stories and Traveltips

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East London Museum, Border, Eastern Cape.

The museum is devoted to both human and natural history. Exhibits include:

• Border Gallery: Introduces the history of the region and leads to displays of southern Nguni beadwork and culture. Period settings from the late Victorian to the art deco style of the 1930’s feature in the Costume Gallery, where Dr Joseph Denfield's photographs of old East London are on view.
• Trace fossil footprints found in sandstone rock near Nahoon Point in 1964.
• German Gallery: A gallery devoted to the Germans who arrived in the Eastern Cape during the 1850’s. It includes a German “trudelwagen” with its tree-trunk wheels.
• Maritime Gallery: Model ships and shipwreck artefacts tell the story of trade and exploration. There are exhibits on Buffalo Harbour and the sinking of the Oceanos. The dolos breakwater block that originated in East London is now in use world-wide.
• The “Great Guns of the Atalaia” Gallery: Bronze cannon salvaged from the Portuguese carrack that was wrecked near Cefane in 1647 en-route from India to Portugal. The cannon and naval guns were salvaged in 1980.
• Dioramas in the Mammal Hall depict a large variety of animals from the smallest shrews and field mice to larger species.  Exhibitions in the Marine Gallery include a complete collection of seashells found along our beaches, as well as a wide range of local fishes.  It includes the original coelacanth, Latimeria chalumnae (Old Four Legs), first discovered in 1938.  It also includes a manta ray, one of the largest living fishes.
• The fossil skeleton of an early mammal-like reptile, Kannemeyeria wilsonii, is featured among other fossils, rocks and minerals.
• The Bird Hall shows habitat groups including waterbirds, sea birds, Karoo birds, nocturnal birds as well as raptors.  Displays of reptiles follow, with a comprehensive display on the snakes of East London.
• A living beehive gives a fascinating glimpse into the world of bees.

Visit the Museum Shop for gifts, cards, books and souvenirs.  Museum Coffee Shop for refreshments and light meals. Books and journals expand on exhibit themes in the Museum Library. Open on weekdays from 09h30 to 17h00, on Saturdays from 14h00 to 17h00 and on Sundays and Public Holidays from 11h00 to 16h00.  Closed on Christmas Day and Good Friday.

#319 Oxford Street, East London, which is at the intersection of the N2 with the N6. AZEast

Contct:   Box 11021 Southernwood 5213
+27 (43) 743 0686 telephone
+27 (43) 743 3127 fax


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