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East London Museum

The East London museum was established in 1921 and has been in the present location since 1950. It is famous for having the type specimen for the coelacanth, a fish that was previously thought to be extinct. 

The museum is about a 20 minute drive from Rose & Ale and there is plenty of safe parking.

You can feel the rich history from the moment you walk through the doors. The natural history collections include mammals, birds, fish and reptiles. The humanities collections are focused on the history of the people of the Eastern Cape from long ago times to modern day.

There is also a live, working beehive that has been there since 1959.The hive is attached to an external wall and the bees enter through a small hole in the wall. There is a glass window which allows museum visitors to have a look into an active hive. A firm favorite amongst kids and adults alike.

Another fascinating exhibit is what is thought to be the last remaining dodo egg. 

The museum is a great family outing with lots to see and learn.

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