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Established in 1921 and considered to be one of the most interesting natural and cultural history museums in the country, the East London Museum features a number of fine exhibits, including the type specimen of the coelacanth, a fish previously believed to have become extinct some 80 million years ago, together with an extensive collection of beadwork relating to the Xhosa-speaking people.

Collection highlights include the excavation of a large fossil reptile skull and skeleton, Kannemeyria simocephalus, near Tarkastad in 1934;  the discovery of the coelacanth in 1938, which resulted in national acclaim for the Museum;  an informative display of maritime history of the area;  work on trace human and animal trace fossil footprints found in coastal sandstone rockface, dated at 124 000 years old;  and the recent dating of the Hofmeyr skull at 36 000 years.

Sport In The Struggle
'Honouring The Forgotten Sport Heroes' - Exhibition

World War I Display


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XL Bazaars, home of the Museum Society from 1921-1926 East London Museum, opened 23 September 1931 East London Museum, opened 25 November 1950 East London Museum, 2010
Interesting Fact

World's Oldest Human Trace Fossil Footprints

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|Fax Number : 043 743 31 27 |
|e-Mail : derekh@elmuseum.za.org |
| Monday - Thursday 9:30 - 16:30 |
| Friday 9:30 - 16:00 |
| Saturday Closed |
| Sunday & Public Holidays Closed |
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|Telephone Number : 043 743 06 86 |
|Fax Number : 043 743 31 27 |
|e-Mail : derekh@elmuseum.za.org |

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