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Albany Museum

Somerset Street, Grahamstown 6139, South Africa
+27 46 622 2312
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Poor display of a fascinating time in history

Although the history museum is in dire need of cleaning, refurbishment, basically a major... read more

Reviewed 2 March 2017
Maria E
Jakarta, Indonesia
Educational with hidden teasures.

Enjoyed the Xhosa display. The fossil heritage information was well done. I was amused by the... read more

Reviewed 19 December 2016
Broomfield, Colorado
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2 Mar 2017
“Poor display of a fascinating time in history”
18 Dec 2016
“Educational with hidden teasures.”
Somerset Street, Grahamstown 6139, South Africa
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Reviewed 2 March 2017

Although the history museum is in dire need of cleaning, refurbishment, basically a major overhaul...... I quite enjoyed to stroll around and learn something about the history of the early Settlers, the Xhosa and the Khoikhoi. There was no staff around, only three ladies at...More

Thank Maria E
Reviewed 19 December 2016

Enjoyed the Xhosa display. The fossil heritage information was well done. I was amused by the speckled weaver nest display was amusing. The monkey that helped the train conductor is a nice story. There are hidden historical treasures for all types of interests - look...More

Thank Emerson3091
Reviewed 26 August 2016 via mobile

Such a disappointment. ..everything looks old and run down...and in desperate need of a clean....too many staff doing nothing.... I counted 5 staff.. all sitting around and chatting...they can't all be on meals break at 10 in the morning... and they were still there 40...More

Thank sea143
Reviewed 26 June 2016

I decided to visit the history museum and was saddened to see what has happened to a once fascinating repository of early Settler artifacts. Just two halls on the ground floor are in use- a disinterested staff member on a cell phone manned the entrance...More

Thank Jilldutoit
Reviewed 11 February 2016

My husband and I were pleasantly surprised at the exhibitions in this museum and spent an easy two hours strolling through the halls. Sadly many light bulbs were amiss among the rooms, plunging some sections into near darkness. We thought that maybe lights were turned...More

Thank AmazonLodge
Reviewed 13 October 2015

Grahamstown should be a nexus for Eastern Cape history but this museum lacks inspiration, other than the banners depicting the history of the Xhosa rulers. Exhibits need attention. There are a number of glaring historical omissions and grammatical errors in the captions, some of which...More

1  Thank lynandgra2014
Reviewed 10 September 2015

What a shame that this very precious piece of South African historical treasurehas been allowed to become so shabby and sad. Thank goodness for The Clock Tower.

Thank Courtlands390
Reviewed 26 April 2015 via mobile

Quickly went in and out, without getting anything out of it.. Not much to see, a few old stuff.. No real history lesson

Thank Mykey123
Reviewed 29 January 2014

Grahamstown is the heart of a region vibrant in history , culture , learning , religion. And does the museum reflect this ? No , a thousand times no ! So appalling that it warranted a quick 10 minute stroll through dead exhibits. As an...More

Thank CourteneyGeorge
Reviewed 25 January 2014

Mostly just posters on the walls about the history of the area, starting with the original inhabitants, the Khoisan, which were then vanquished by the Xhosa, and then the British and Xhosa fought over the land. There are a few items of Xhosa and European...More

1  Thank ZuluTravel2010
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