Visitors pack museum’s first Saturday opening

WEEKEND OPENING: Staff from the East London Museum with some of the many visitors during the its first opening on Saturday, from left, are Snazo Lamati, Nondumiso Jamiso, Joel Lewis, Joy Lewis and Nomava Mdleleni Picture:SIVENATHI GOSA

THE East London Museum opened its doors on Saturday for the first time this year –with locals and visitors spending their morning exploring the displays and learning about the history of the city and its surroundings. to an overwhelming response from the public.

The Museum information technology administrator Derek Holde said the museum had decided to open on Saturdays due to public demand. the public are the ones that wanted the museum to be open on Saturdays, and they had to oblige.

“The staff agreed about the opening on Saturdays, which was a good thing for people to have something to do on their Saturday mornings,” Holder said.

Holder indicated that The large turnout was beyond their expectations, he said. it was overwhelming, fantastic and people felt welcomed.

Mother and son, Joy and Joel Lewis, are from Cape Town, thoroughly enjoyed their visit to the museum. were some of the visitors who made a stop at the museum.

“ This is my first time coming to the museum. I’ve been in East London for the past six months, and have never had the gotten a chance to visit the museum. The museums in Cape Town are open onduring the weekends. I think it is great that East London is following the trend, as it is convenient for us people who work during the week,” Lewis said.

Also visiting the museum on Saturday were were grandfather and grandsonKeith Brady, with his grandson and Andrew Brady. are regulars at the museum.

The five-year-old said the Coelacanth display was his favourite. his favourite part of the place is the Coelacanth section, where the history and background of the fish is displayed.

Brady said the museum was an important shouldn’t have been closed in the first place, as it is one of the tourist attraction. in the city.

“My grandson and I usually come here to spend some quality time together, just to teach him about the background of East London, and also some interesting facts about extinct and endangered animals,” said Brady said.

The Museum is open opens on Mondays to Fridays from 9am to 4pm, and on Saturdays from 9am to 1pm.

The entrance fee is R20 for adults, R10 for children and R15 for pensioners.


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