Jeffreys Bay Shell Museum
  • Jeffreys Bay

Last Updated: April 2015

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  • Longitude: 24.92316
  • Latitude: -34.05423
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Business Hours

  • The Shell Museum is open Monday to Friday from 08h00 to 17h00

    Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays - please contact Keith Marsh the caretaker on 042 293 1945 to open for you.

About Jeffreys Bay Shell Museum

Famous for its rich variety of shells found along the beaches, Jeffreys remains a favourite haunt for shell collectors and beach combers. Many cold and warm water species reach the extremities of their ranges along our coast where the Aghulhas and Benguela currents intermingle in a unpolluted environment. Shells are found with the incoming tides. The Jeffreys Bay Shell Museum is well worth a visit. This collection was started by Charlotte Kritzinger, a local shell collecting spinster in 1945, who pursued the hobby till her death in 1965. The Shell Museum Complex also houses the Tourism Office as well as Shell Booths where local shell craft can be purchased.

Here in serene ambience, housed in glass cases like precious jewels, are a variety of shells from all over the world.  See the legendary cowry, the rare paper nautilus, tiny baby jam tarts, & a new species of cone.

The Shell Museum is open Monday to Friday from 08h00 to 17h00

Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays - please contact Keith Marsh the caretaker on 042 293 1945 to open for you.

Local shells & shell craft can be purchased just outside the museum from the shell shops & stalls.

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