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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.
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Amathole museumThe Amathole Museum, a Natural and Cultural History Museum, has an international reputation, and is situated in King Williams Town, Eastern Cape Province, South Africa. It was founded in 1884.

The name of the museum has changed twice. In the spirit of transformation, the name was changed in 1999 from Kaffrarian to Amathole. The latter term refers to calves on the Mathole mountains.

Behind the doors of historic buildings, the museum houses material which is of great scientific, historical and anthropological value to researchers.