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The Kowie History Museum

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Station Road | Old Station Building, across the road from the Port Alfred Police Station, Port Alfred 6170, South Africa
+27 71 288 8228
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The histoy of Port Alfred

Extremely informative with well constructed displays.The lady on duty was happy to assist with all... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
kjromans
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East London, South Africa
Wonderful resource!

...and not just for non residents. The marvellous collection of artefacts has great educational... read more

Reviewed 13 February 2018
Celtic-Wanderer
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Kowie History Museum is in the old Railway Station Building in Station Road, just off Pascoe Crescent, Port Alfred. It covers the history of the Port Alfred area including details of the settler families, an isiXhosa collection, the old harbour, railways, shipwrecks, local insects, and many other exhibits. See the website for details.
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  • Very good28%
  • Average7%
  • Poor0%
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“old railway” (2 reviews)
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Hours Today: 09:30 - 12:30
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Station Road | Old Station Building, across the road from the Port Alfred Police Station, Port Alfred 6170, South Africa
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+27 71 288 8228
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Extremely informative with well constructed displays.The lady on duty was happy to assist with all the queries.More

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Rob_Crothall, Trustee at The Kowie History Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi KJ, Thank you for your rating and review. Our "Museum Helpers" are all volunteers who are interested in the history and like talking to visitors, and our Curator works with a small team to research and construct the displays. I am very pleased that...More

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Reviewed 13 February 2018

...and not just for non residents. The marvellous collection of artefacts has great educational benefits to school children and others wanting to delve deeper into the development and history of this interesting town. ‘Manned’ by enthusiastic volunteers, you are made very welcome on top of...More

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Rob_Crothall, Trustee at The Kowie History Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 15 February 2018

Hi Celtic-Wanderer, and thank you for your review. Our Curator and Museum Helpers are passionate and knowledgeable and enjoy chatting to our visitors. You will be very welcome when you return! Regards..., Rob Crothall

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Reviewed 18 September 2017 via mobile

Fantastic little museum in the old train station building. Well kept and full of local history. Certainly worth a visit for only R20.

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Rob_Crothall, Chairman of Trustees at The Kowie History Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 October 2017

Hi Grant, thank you for visiting our Museum and for your positive comments. We are fortunate to have a committed team of Trustees, and an excellent Curator. Thank you for spending time with us. Regards... Rob

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Reviewed 14 September 2017

The Kowie History Museum is situated st the Old Station in Port Alfred and its exhibits cover a well thought out mix and variety of the history of Port Alfred such as the wrecks in the area, the Xhosa leaders, the development of the harbour...More

1  Thank Lesley F
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Rob_Crothall, Chairman of Trustees at The Kowie History Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 18 September 2017

Hi Lesley, Thank you for your positive comments! Our Curator is very knowledgeable and dedicated, and we are fortunate to have an excellent team of Trustees and Museum Helpers. I am glad you enjoyed your visit, and we look forward to seeing you again. Regards......More

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Reviewed 11 April 2017

This is a great initiative showcasing the history of Port Alfred and the surrounding area. This area has a lot of history dating back to the early arrival of the British settlers in 1820. A fascinating storyboard and well worth the time taken to visit.

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Rob_Crothall, Chairman of Trustees at The Kowie History Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 19 April 2017

Hi Carl, Thank you for your visit and your positive review! Regards... Rob

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Reviewed 17 February 2017

If you want to find out about the history of this town this is the place to go. The people looking after the museum are full of local history and knowledge. Fascinating to hear about the early settlers, the wrecks. The museum takes you from...More

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Reviewed 14 February 2017

The locals are trying to keep up the great history of the town with little help. The old Station is worth a visit and the old exhibits give you an idea of the great history of the town, one of the few river harbours in...More

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Rob_Crothall, Chairman of Trustees of Kowie History Museum at The Kowie History Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 15 February 2017

Hi, Thank you for your review of the Kowie History Museum - we appreciate your comments. Regards... Rob Crothall

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Reviewed 22 December 2016

We really enjoyed this museum. What made it special were the 2 ladies that moved back to PA to retire. They lived in PA when they were children so they were able to provide so much history and stories that made the museum come alive....More

1  Thank Emerson3091
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Rob C, Chairman of Trustees at The Kowie History Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 24 December 2016

Hi Emerson3091, Thank you for your positive comments! Our museum is entirely staffed by volunteers, and they enjoy chatting to visitors to the area. Please visit us again when you return to Port Alfred, as our Curator and the "Museum Helpers" are always working on...More

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Reviewed 20 December 2016 via mobile

Spent a delightful morning browsing through the museum - fascinating 1820 Settler history and earlier

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Rob C, Chairman of Trustees at The Kowie History Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 22 December 2016

Hi Janet, Thank you very much for your review and for helping us with Tea in the Garden! Regards... Rob

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Reviewed 15 December 2016

The staff are helpful and knowlegable. The also gave us information about the classic car museum, and other looksees.

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Rob C, Chairman of Trustees at The Kowie History Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 22 December 2016

Hi Marjie, Thank you for your review of the Kowie History Museum! Your comments are appreciated. Regards... Rob

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Angel3585
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Response from Rob_Crothall | Property representative |
Hi Angel3585, Thank you for mentioning this issue! I will try to get both fixed. In fact, the Museum is in Station Road, on the corner of Pascoe Crescent in the old Station building, on the East side of the river. The... More
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