Jeffreys Bay Shell Museum

The Jeffreys Bay Shell Museum was opened on 15 September 1998 to house the collection of a Jeffreys Bay local- Charlotte Kritzinger, who dedicated many years to collecting shells. Over time, this collection was further enhanced, through donations and exchanges.  A recent addition is a display of Jeffreys Bay micro shells, which is believed to be unique in the region.

During December 2019 the museum was slightly upgraded and now also houses some other interesting artefacts. New projects under way will include information about the local fishermen and history of the town.

A visit to Jeffreys Bay is not complete without a visit to the Jeffreys Bay Shell Museum which is situated centrally on the beachfront of the town. And houses more than 600 shells from species all of the world making it one of the largest shell collections in South Africa and attracts shell fanatics from all over the globe. Housed in glass cases is a huge variety of shells including the legendary cowrie, the rare paper nautilus, tiny baby jam tarts and a new species of cone. 

Visit the museum’s blog for information regarding activities at the Shell Museum as well as the Humansdorp Museum – Shell Museum Blog

Local shells and shellcraft can be purchased just outside the museum from the shell shops and stalls

Open Mon - Fri from 10am to 3pm and Sat from 9am to 2pm
Closed on Public Holidays

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