The Sunshine Coast has a rich tapestry of history spanning the Koi San, Frontier Wars, Settlers, right through to modern history. Take a fascinating journey through OUR WORLD. Visit the tourism office and pick up a copy of our HERITAGE MAP for a self guided heritage tour.
The Sunshine Coast boats 5 MUSEUMS :
Kowie History Museum: Situated at the Old Port Alfred Station in Pascoe Crescent. Open Tuesday – Saturday 9.30 – 12.30. Admission R15 Adults; R5 Children under 12. This gem was established in 1982, and moved to their new premises at the Station in 2013. The Kowie History Museum preserves and catalogues and displays records of the town’s history and people. These displays include Victoriana, naval and railway artefacts, photos and paintings of Port Alfred, including Xhosa customs and beadwork. There are extensive 1820 Settler records (Morse Jones cards) and a number of valuable books.
Bathurst Agricultural Museum: Situated 1km from the Pig & Whistle on the R67 to Grahamstown. Open Monday – Saturday 9.00 – 16.00 (12.00 on Wednesdays and Saturdays). Admission R15 Adults; R10 Children under 12. Established in 1970. There is an impressive collection of over 1600 exhibits, ranging from household items, yesteryear toys, ox wagons, buggies, tractors and implements – something of interest for young and old. Children are encouraged to enjoy this museum.
Albany Vintage Car Museum: Situated at Hawkins Industrial Park, 91 Alfred Road – free entrance (donations welcome). Open on the last Saturday of the month from 9.00 – 12.00 or by appointment. (Contact Dave: 082 453 2618). Established in 2010 by the Albany Vintage Club and run by members. The collection includes many beautiful vintage cars and bikes including some rare models.
Richmond House Museum: Situated at 19 Wesley Hill, Port Alfred. Open by appointment (Contact Sue: 082 456 7437). Free entrance (donations welcome). Established in 2007 amd traces 175 years of owners and alterations of the former ‘castle’. The museum is a 1948 replica of the castle. You can expect to see information panels, original fireplaces, light fittings, millstone, naval cannons, flagstaff, photos, paintings, Cock family tree, letters and documents.
43 Airschool Museum: Situated off the R67 to Bathurst. Open by appointment (Contact: 046 604 3600) Free admission. This little museum has a lovely collection of aviation memorabilia and depicts the story of 43 Airshool through World War 1 and II.