The Kowie Museum

The Kowie Museum, Port Alfred: Hours, Address, The Kowie Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

The Kowie Museum
4.5
Speciality Museums • History Museums
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
About
Kowie 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.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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4.5
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Gillian W
Gauteng, South Africa5 contributions
Dec 2019
Museums even little ones are so fascinating, Two lovely ladies with heaps of History knowledge , even found some long lost relatives. Buildings etc well maintained. Worth while a visit ...enjoy
Written 8 January 2020
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Haije
Leeuwarden, The Netherlands2 contributions
Aug 2019 • Friends
The museum had a great amount of information about Port Alfred. The ladies gave us an interesting guide around the place. Definitely recommend it!
Written 22 August 2019
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Wonita S
Cape Town Central, South Africa2 contributions
Mar 2019 • Family
An absolute must-see for those that are interested in the history of the 1820 Settlers and the Lower Albany area. We managed to spend about an hour in this treasure chest but could have easily spent longer. Yvonne was so helpful and knowledgable on our family history, ship wrecks and much much more. We'll be back again with more family members. From young to old, it has something for everyone!
Written 2 April 2019
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Hi Wonita, thank you for your excellent review! I am so glad that you enjoyed your visit and found it useful. We look forward to your next visit! Regards, Rob
Written 3 April 2019
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George Hayter
Burgersdorp, South Africa1 contribution
Feb 2019
A very worthwhile and informative visit! We were fortunate to have met the curator, and what an interesting treasure trove of information. The lady on duty was more than willing and very enthusiastic in sharing her knowledge of Port Alfred and the Kowie River. A very well laid out display and such a such an appropriate venue as the old railway station. A huge thank you for the work done there and the wonderful volunteers involved in keeping the history alive!!
Written 28 February 2019
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Hi FarmerGeo, Thank you for your excellent review, and I am glad you had an enjoyable visit. Please visit us again when you are in the area - the exhibits are changed regularly, and we are always learning about our past. Regards... Rob Crothall Trustee
Written 5 March 2019
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HelenD0rset
Weymouth, UK65 contributions
Nov 2018 • Friends
Really interesting to be able to view the history of Port Alfred and in such a special place as the old railway station. Very good displays and lots of artefacts and the volunteer(s) are knowledgeable and very willing to discuss all and any aspects that are of particular interest to you.
Written 5 December 2018
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Thank you, Helen, for your review. Our Curator and her team are always working on new exhibits, so we would appreciate another visit when you return to Port Alfred. Regards, Rob
Written 9 December 2018
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Dougsut
Port Alfred, South Africa29 contributions
Oct 2018 • Family
A well laid out museum in the historic old station building that abounds with Settler information and pictures. Plus the full story on the Kowie River and some good information on the Marina. PlusPlus Plus. You will enjoy the visit.
Written 12 November 2018
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Thank you, Doug, for your positive review! I am pleased that you enjoyed your visit, and we look forward to welcoming you back in the future. As you know, we have new exhibits during each year, such as the model of the Blaauwkrantz Bridge railway disaster, and the Toposcope exhibition, which you will have seen. Thank you for your support! Regards... Rob Crothall Kowie Museum Trustee
Written 24 November 2018
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kjromans
East London, South Africa3 contributions
May 2017 • Family
Extremely informative with well constructed displays.The lady on duty was happy to assist with all the queries.
Written 3 April 2018
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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 you liked our museum, and hope you will visit us again when you come back to Port Alfred. Regards... Rob Crothall
Written 5 April 2018
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Celtic-Wanderer
SCOTLAND718 contributions
Jan 2018 • Friends
...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 which they are pretty well informed to answer questions as you browse.
Several visits would be needed to take in what’s on display and certainly an informative way to pass a few hours.
Would recommend and would revisit.
Written 13 February 2018
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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
Written 15 February 2018
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Grant S
1 contribution
Sep 2017 • Solo
Fantastic little museum in the old train station building. Well kept and full of local history. Certainly worth a visit for only R20.
Written 18 September 2017
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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
Written 1 October 2017
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Lesley F
Port Alfred, South Africa5 contributions
Sep 2017 • Friends
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 and later the Marina the old railway equipment, the floods. and a variety of artefacts from years gone by. If you want research done on your settler ancestors the staff will assist you with information they have. It is well worth a visit and has friendly knowledgeable staff assist you.
Written 14 September 2017
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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... Rob Crothall
Written 18 September 2017
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The Kowie Museum is open:
  • Tue - Sat 09:30 - 12:30