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“Educational with hidden teasures.”
Review of Albany Museum

Albany Museum
Ranked #15 of 20 things to do in Grahamstown
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Reviewed 18 December 2016

Enjoyed the Xhosa display. The fossil heritage information was well done. I was amused by the speckled weaver nest display was amusing. The monkey that helped the train conductor is a nice story. There are hidden historical treasures for all types of interests - look and explore to find and appreciate them. There are also things to ponder on when you leave - is the crocodile in the same class/species as the bird? You need to have some appreciation for museums and the people that put the time and effort in starting, maintaining and growing a museum to enjoy this wonderful place.

Thank Emerson3091
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Reviewed 26 August 2016 via mobile

Such a disappointment. ..everything looks old and run down...and in desperate need of a clean....too many staff doing nothing.... I counted 5 staff.. all sitting around and chatting...they can't all be on meals break at 10 in the morning... and they were still there 40 minutes later when I walked out. t
There is so much history between these walls...but no one seems to care. So sad to see it like this as it is such an educational tool for school kids. ....

Thank sea143
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Reviewed 26 June 2016

I decided to visit the history museum and was saddened to see what has happened to a once fascinating repository of early Settler artifacts. Just two halls on the ground floor are in use- a disinterested staff member on a cell phone manned the entrance and was clearly not going to do anything more than take my admission fee.
The upper floor had been cleared of exhibits and it looked like some refurbishment was planned, but it was in semi-darkness and no workmen in sight.
I left, disappointed and concerned that a once good museum was nowhere near its former glory.

Thank Jilldutoit
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Reviewed 11 February 2016

My husband and I were pleasantly surprised at the exhibitions in this museum and spent an easy two hours strolling through the halls.

Sadly many light bulbs were amiss among the rooms, plunging some sections into near darkness. We thought that maybe lights were turned off on purpose to aid with energy saving, but no, the lady at reception confirmed that it's simply blown bulbs. Such an easy maintenance job to take care of, there's really no excuse not to fix this ASAP.

There were also empty areas with paper notes stuck up to inform visitors that those particular exhibitions are on loan to other institutions. Empty spaces and dull notes hardly encourage enthusiasm! Why not cordon off the areas and place colourful displays up promoting upcoming events or new exhibitions instead?

Other than that we did enjoy the motley assembly of natural history exhibitions. The paleontology section in particular I thought was well laid out, a chronological approach to representing earth's past. A young student was present clearing up some fossils, and he joined us to offer some advice and provide insights on the displays.

Don't miss out on going upstairs to view the mammal, bird and invertebrate sections. Also an eccentric hall containing everything from antlers, bizarre nests, skulls and generally the stuff you'd imagine a naturalist on the Beagle would have collected during a tour of the world.

Worthwhile going if you're spending any amount of time in Grahamstown.

Thank AmazonLodge
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Reviewed 13 October 2015

Grahamstown should be a nexus for Eastern Cape history but this museum lacks inspiration, other than the banners depicting the history of the Xhosa rulers. Exhibits need attention. There are a number of glaring historical omissions and grammatical errors in the captions, some of which had slipped off their mountings. The place had not been cleaned in a long time...The staff talked a the top of their voices which echoed through the empty halls, almost devoid of any interesting content. Upstairs most halls are empty.

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