The Albany Museum, Grahamstown

Albany Museum, established in 1855, is an affiliated research institute of Rhodes University.

The Museum today consists of a family of seven buildings which includes:

 • The Natural Sciences Museum  • The History Museum
 • The Observatory Museum  • The Observatory Museum
 • Fort Selwyn  • The Old Provost military prison
 • Drostdy Arch  • The Old Priest's House

Albany Museum Grahamstown

The Natural Sciences Museum houses permanent collections of terrestrial insects, freshwater invertebrates, freshwater fishes, a plant herbarium, birds, palaeontological fossils, rocks and minerals, ethnographic and archaeological material.

The History Museum houses an important collection of historical artefacts as well as a genealogical archive relating to the 1820 British Settlers. The Fine Art collection is also housed in the History Museum.

The Education Department provides loan resources and education programmes for teachers, students and learners, while the Exhibitions Department is involved in the maintenance and construction of both permanent and temporary displays.

The Museum also has an important scientific and historical library which houses rare books.


  • Monday - Friday, 09:00 - 16:30


  • + 27 46 622 2312


  • Somerset Street, Grahamstown, Eastern Cape

To find out more about the Albany Museum, visit their website.

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