Eastern Cape Museums

Situated between Western Cape and KwaZulu Natal, the Eastern Cape is the second largest of South Africa's 9 provinces. Show on Map

Destinations in Eastern Cape


Ruth Lock Shell Art Gallery

Where? Queenstown
To see the work of one of South Africa’s unsung artists, visit the home of Winifred Ruth Lock, who died in 1994 but lived in this house from the day she was born, in 1906. Whilst Ruth Lock’s work does not ...

Drostdy Museum

Where? Uitenhage
Part of the Uitenhage Museum, the Drostdy Africana Museum exhibits stages of growth for the city, from buildings, furniture, appliances, clothing and so much more. Take a trip through time and see just how ...

Thomas River Historical Village

Where? Stutterheim
Nestled between Stutterheim and Cathcart is the Thomas River Historical Village. The village is named after a British deserter, Thomas Bently who was killed by a poisonous bushman arrow. The old town train ...

The VW AutoPavilion

Where? Uitenhage
Uitenhage is a tiny town, but is the famous home of the Volkswagen plant, which churns out these vehicles at an impressive rate. This small epicentre plays an integral role in putting the Eastern Cape on the ...

Martello Tower

Where? Fort Beaufort
The Martello Tower in Fort Beaufort is a little garrison dating back to the nineteenth century during the Napoleonic Wars. Many Martello’s were built in several different countries, with two of them being in ...

Barkly East Museum

Where? Barkly East
Barkly East Museum offers fascinating displays telling a story about the history of Barkly East, how it originated and artifacts and items found in the area giving you an insight into how people lived and ...

Richmond House Museum

Where? Port Alfred
The Eastern Cape of South Africa may be one of the quietest provinces, but it is certainly one of the most beautiful. Exotic-looking beaches that stretch on for miles and verdant rolling hills are what this ...

History Museum

Where? Grahamstown
The History Museum originally focused only on the contribution of the 1820 British Settlers and their descendents but it now is all encompassing and includes history of the people who live or have lived in the ...

South End Museum

Where? South End
South End is a suburb in Port Elizabeth which was once a cosmopolitan community. People from all walks of life lived harmoniously in the epicentre of cultural diversity. Blacks, whites, coloureds, Indians, ...

The Eastern Star Gallery

Where? Grahamstown
The Eastern Star Gallery gets its name from a newspaper that was established in Grahamstown in 1871, which was the predecessor to the popular and daily The Star from the Argus company in Johannesburg. The ...

The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum

Where? Port Elizabeth
The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum (formerly the King George VI Art Gallery) was opened on 22 June 1956 and renamed in December 2002. The collections are housed in two buildings framing the entrance to ...

Jeffreys Bay Shell Museum

Where? Jeffreys Bay
Jeffreys Bay has always been known for its beautiful shells so it stands to reason that the town should have a Shell Museum. The more than 600 shells from species all of the world makes it one of the ...

St Croix Motor Museum

Where? Newton Park
The St. Croix Motor Museum, situated in the Friendly City of Port Elizabeth, offers visitors a peek into the automobiles of yesteryear. In fact, this museum boasts a collection of classic and speciality cars ...

Port Elizabeth Museum at Bayworld

Where? Humewood
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 ...

The Owl House

Where? Nieu-Bethesda
Set deep in the Sneeuberg Mountains in the small village of Nieu Bethesda, the Owl House is a Karoo cottage and yard in the Eastern Cape, transformed between 1950 and 1976 by Helen Martins into a ...

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