Amathole Museum

The Amathole Museum, formerly the Kaffrarian Museum is a natural and cultural history museum located in King William's Town in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. The museum houses the second largest collection of mammals in South Africa[citation needed] and includes the taxidermied body of Huberta, the hippopotamus.[1]

Amathole Museum
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EstablishedOctober 1898
LocationKing William's Town, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Typenatural and cultural history
Huberta exhibit

The Xhosa Gallery, housed in the old post office building, concentrates on the cultural history of all tribes of the Xhosa nation. The history section has artefacts, documents and photographs of local interest dating back to the 19th century. The Missionary Museum contains information on missionary endeavours in this area. The museum was founded in 1884[2] and was later opened to the public in October 1898.[3] The name of the museum was changed from the Kaffrarian Museum to the Amathole Museum in 1999.[2]


  1. ^ "Aardvarks, hippos, British settlers and Pondo pipes: Amathole Museum". Retrieved 16 May 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Official website". Retrieved 16 May 2015.
  3. ^ "Amthole Museums". Archived from the original on 2015-05-01. Retrieved 16 May 2015.

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Coordinates: 32°52′37.87″S 27°23′29.74″E / 32.8771861°S 27.3915944°E / -32.8771861; 27.3915944