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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.

Collections

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

Huberta

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.

Interesting Facts

Visitors to the museum are encouraged to view the range of displays offered in the Museum.

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Welcome to the Amathole Museum's new website! The launch coincides with the commemoration of the death of Huberta: the famous wandering hippopotamus exactly 81 years ago. This is not mere coincidence - Huberta is the Amathole Museum's most famous exhibition and therefore should take pride of place on the museum's website as well.

new-website-launchOur new-look, user-friendly website boasts with a new picture gallery, a research tool for schools and researchers alike and a facebook application has been added for your convenience. We will use the website as an effective communication tool where we will keep you updated on our latest programmes, exciting events, Friends of Museum outings and community engagements.

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.

Huberta's probable birthplace was in northern KwaZulu Natal. In 1928 she first came to public notice and during the course of her 21/2 year journey, frequently made headline news.

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The Amathole Museum has its origins in the King William's Town Naturalist Society founded in 1884. The Society's collections quickly outgrew temporary accommodation in the Council Chambers and Public Library.

From these small beginnings, the museum grew. It is the major attraction for visitors to King William's Town and also serves the local community.

The original museum building today forms the eastern wing of the Amathole Museum complex. It was officially opened to the public in October 1898 as The Museum of Natural History. A major extension to the building, linking it to the Public Library, was completed in 1953. The Wesleyan Church (photo), and Post Office buildings were incorporated in the early 1980's to house the growing museum.

Apr 08 2012

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.

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