East London Museum


Have you ever checked out a coelacanth? The East London Museum’s claim to fame came in 1938 when this funky fish with limb-like fins was caught in the Chalumna River.

Believed to have become extinct more than 50 million years ago, there are now between 200 and 300 of these ‘prehistoric’ fish near the Comoro Islands in the Indian Ocean. The type specimen on display had presumably been carried down to East London by the current.

Other treasures to see are a large fossil reptile skull with skeleton and trace-fossil footprints dated back to 120 000 years ago – the earliest evidence of homosapiens in Africa!

Also on display are a dodo’s egg, live beehive and numerous specimens of mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians. Cultural collections include an informative display of maritime history of the area and a vast collection of beadwork that reflects the creativity of the Xhosa-speaking people.

Where? 319 Oxford Street, East London

Monday to Thursday 9:30 – 16:30
Friday 9:30 – 16:00
Saturday 10:00 – 13:00
Sunday & Public Holidays 10:00 – 15:00
Closed on Christmas Day.

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from R150
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Niki-Nana Backpackers

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1.02km from East London Museum

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from R720
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Premier Hotel King David

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1.11km from East London Museum

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Majestic Boutique Hotel

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1.16km from East London Museum

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from R450
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Rose Bella B&B

Sleeps 14 Quigney Bed and Breakfast in Quigney
1.17km from East London Museum

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from R600
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Portside Inn

Sleeps 20 Quigney Self-catering in Quigney
1.20km from East London Museum

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from R550
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Jameson Inn

Sleeps 34 Quigney Bed and Breakfast in Quigney
1.27km from East London Museum

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from R800
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Cozy Nest Guest House

Sleeps 16 Quigney Bed and Breakfast in Quigney
1.27km from East London Museum

Cozy Nest Guest House has eight double bedrooms, all with en-suite bathrooms. Our current full capac...

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Goulden Street Guest House

Sleeps 28 Quigney Guest House in Quigney
1.42km from East London Museum

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from R970
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African Dreams Bed & Breakfast

Sleeps 8 Quigney Bed and Breakfast in Quigney
1.50km from East London Museum

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Coastal Apartment

Sleeps 4 Quigney Self-catering in Quigney
1.55km from East London Museum

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