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The very small Sandveld Museum in Lambert’s Bay details the natural and cultural history of the area.

Despite its size the Museum a range of exhibitions and is jam packed with fascinated things to see, learn about and even interact with. This is the only Museum where a visitor has been allowed to try on the clothes from an exhibit!

The highlight of your visit will most likely be the traditional “matjieshuis” (man hut) which was the type of shelter favoured by the Nama Nomadic Herders who lived in the area. At the time, permanent dome-shaped frames made with branches were erected along the natural migration routes. This allowed the Herdsmen to erect a weatherproof hut with reed mats that travelled with them, quickly and with ease. There is a wonderful photo of the founder of Lambert’s Bay and his family by their Matjieshuis.

 The HMS Sybille Gunboat was sent to Lambert’s Bay as a patrol boat during the Anglo Boer War and ran aground in 1901. The Museum has an exhibition dedicated to the boat and divers are still searching for artifacts from the wreckage today and these can be viewed at the Museum. The Propeller was discovered in 1999 and is currently part of the Museum’s display.

The Sandveld Musuem is a must when visiting the area and be sure to keep an eye out for the tortoises the roam free on the Museum grounds.

Things to do and see

  • Exhibition on “Old” Lambert’s Bay
  • Photograph Collection
  • HMS Sybille Gunboat Exhibition
  • Fish Industry & Community Exhibition
  • Book & Bible Exhibition
  • Archaeological Display
  • Horsemill & Farm Implements
  • Clothing & Embroidery
  • Tortoises


Currently there is no admission fee however, prices are subject to change, please contact the Museum directly to confirm all costs.

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