Bayworld Museum Complex

The Bayworld Museum Complex, one of Port Elizabeth's major attractions, comprises the Museum, Oceanarium, Snake Park and Number 7 Castle Hill

Eastern Cape Tourist AttractionsThe Bayworld Museum Complex

Bayworld Museum Complex, one of Port Elizabeth's major tourist attractions, is situated along Marine Drive on the beachfront at Humewood and comprises the Museum, Oceanarium, Snake Park as well as Number 7 Castle Hill Museum.

Where? Bayworld Museum Complex, Beach Road, Humewood, 6013, Port Elizabeth

When? Open Monday to Sunday from 09h00 to 16h30. Closed on Christmas Day

How? Call +27 (0)41 584-0650

Overnight? See Port Elizabeth accommodation, in Eastern Cape

The underlying theme of Bayworld is public education, and is aimed at stimulating a greater awareness of the need for conservation of our natural and cultural heritage.

Bayworld Museum:

The Main Museum of Bayworld blends cultural and natural history. Embark on an exciting journey through time and through the fascinating world around us. Marvel at the diversity of museum displays, from prehistoric dinosaurs to ethnic beadwork as well as a variety of historical treasures that will keep you intrigued for hours. Noteworthy exhibits include the 15m skeleton of the last southern right whale harpooned in Algoa Bay, a life-sized reconstruction of the giant prehistoric dinosaur known as Algoasaurus, a replica of the Dias Cross and a 5m bronze cannon dated 1640 recovered from a Portuguese galleon wrecked near Port Elizabeth.


The popular seal and penguin presentations take place daily. Exhibits within the Oceanarium include an underwater observation area in the aquarium, a dolphin research centre, various smaller tanks for different species of bony fish, as well as two larger tanks housing sharks and stingrays.

Snake Park:

A wide variety of reptiles such as tortoises, snakes and crocodiles can be viewed at the Snake Park, the oldest in Africa. Rare and threatened species including Madagascar ground boas are housed safely in realistically landscaped glass enclosures. Reptile demonstrations take place daily.

7 Castle Street Museum:

No 7 Castle Hill was completed in 1830 and is now regarded as one of the oldest surviving Settler cottages in Port Elizabeth. The interior presents a picture of domestic life such as many which was enjoyed by English middle class family in mid-19th Century Port Elizabeth. This picturesque family dwelling located in Castle Hill Road, Central has Yellowwood floors and beams, and a restored slate roof. The dollhouse, lace and kitchen are particularly impressive.

Popular Attractions at Bayworld Museum Complex

Bayworld Oceanarium

The Bayworld Oceanarium is a popular destination amongst tourists and locals in Nelson Mandela Bay. Take along the whole family for a fun filled day of education and entertainment. The predator tank displays the majestic Ragged-Tooth Sharks...

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Museum at Bayworld

The Port Elizabeth Museum, which blends cultural with natural history, is the third oldest in South Africa. Housed in a large, three-storey building, the lower floor contains the library, administration offices, storerooms and workshops...

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No 7 Castle Hill

Situated in the city centre, No 7 Castle Hill is a Victorian house museum dating back to 1827. The house is a declared National Monument. This picturesque cottage is one of the oldest remaining dwelling houses in Port Elizabeth and is...

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The Snake Park at Bayworld

This extraordinary Snake Park will allow you to observe and learn more about these frightful creatures and help you gain an understanding of them. Find out what type of snakes you may find in your garden in the Bay area or which snake the...

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Did you know?

Visit a museum next time you are in PE - the Port Elizabeth Museum on the beachfront, the South End Museum, No 7 Castle Hill Museum, or the Donkin Reserve memorial.

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