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Community engagement is an important aspect of life at the Amathole Museum.

Amathole Museum

Amathole Museum is 128 years old. All four buildings are national monuments, and house displays on Local History, Xhosa History and a wide variety of animals.

Missionary Museum

Missionary Museum is a satellite of the Amathole Museum. It displays many facets of missionary work in the Eastern Cape.


Collection form the core of the Amathole Museum. Thousands of artefacts are curated in the History, Xhosa Ethnography and Mammal collections.


The Amathole Museum is the home of Huberta, the world's most famous hippopotamus. More than seventy five years after her death, young and old are still captivated by the story of her wanderings.



Read about the fascinating history of the world-famous wandering hippo, Huberta.


Xhosa Gallery

Xhosa traditional knowledge, ranging from artifacts and medicines to myths and rituals.



The museum's Anthropology section conducts research on a variety of topics.


Our Library

Our library has a valuable collection of books, pamphlets, journals, videos etc..

 Idabi lenkululeko eQonce

Oral history based exhibition on the struggle for freedom in this locale during the Apartheid era.

It includes representations of the Bhisho Massacre, the local Golf Club Attack, and much more.

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Idabi lenkululeko eQonce

The Amathole Museum, which has an international reputation, originated from the King William's Town Naturist Society founded in 1884. The name of the Museum has changed twice, and in 1999 officially to Amathole. The isiXhosa term amathole (calves), is the name of the nearby mountains. It is housed in 4 national monuments.


The old Public Library now housing Across the frontier and Wagon Room exhibitions. The original Museum building now housing Huberta, Wolsak the buffalo, and many more animal exhibitions. The old Post Office, now housing the Xhosa Gallery.