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

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The Provost Prison

Where? Grahamstown
This was built in 1838 as a military prison in the Drostdy grounds when Sir Benjamin d’Urban, who was Governor of the Cape Colony, instructed the royal engineers to plan a “fortified barrack establishment”. ...

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 ...

Visit the Graaff Reinet Museums

Where? Graaff Reinet
The Graaff Reinet Museum was established in 1956 and is governed by a Board of Trustees and subsidized by Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture of the Eastern Cape. The five old buildings, ...

The Jewish Pioneers Memorial Museum

Where? Central
The Jewish Pioneer’s Museum in Port Elizabeth was created to remember the Jewish community with memorabilia, ceremonial implements and historical photography. The building that the museum is housed in was ...

Great Fish River Museum

Where? Cradock
A monument dedicated to showcasing the history of the hard lives led by pioneer settlers in the area, between 1840 and 1900, you will find the Great Fish River Museum located behind the town hall in Cradock. ...

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 ...

Kowie Museum

Where? Port Alfred
The Kowie History Museum in Port Alfred is a small museum, dedicated to the social history of the Albany District and the early settlers of the 1820 and 1889 era. An old card index with the names of the ...

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 ...

PW Vorster Museum

Where? Middelburg
The PW Vorster Museum documents the important role the van der Walt and Vorster families played in the history of Grootfontein. The museum is housed in a beautiful old building which was originally built ...

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