Munrohoek Cottages

Munrohoek Cottages

The cottages at Munro Bay were built in 1830 by Alexander Munro, a retired Scottish soldier and shoemaker. It cost him £25 to build them on land that he had leased from the Cape government and would own by 1835. At the time the cottages were built, the town of Mossel Bay was only beginning to expand/develop with its first commercial buildings being built from 1820.

In 1831 Munro received a licence to harvest seals from the nearby Seal Island for seven years. To supplement his family’s income, he built a tavern which was frequented by sailors who stayed over in Mossel Bay.

Part of the land on which Munro’s cottages were built was transferred to his son, Willem Petrus Johannes Munro, in 1837.

Munrohoek Cottages - Dias Museum Complex

Willem Munro was the first person who received a licence to catch whales in the bay. He used to render the fat of these whales on the beach below the cottages. At the time whale fat, or blubber was the main ingredient of soap and margarine. It was also used as lamp oil. 

The cottages were restored in 1984 when the Dias Museum Complex was developed. They are closed to the public.



South African History Online

Mossel Bay Advertiser, 5 April 2020

National Geographic Online Encyclopaedia. This series of articles is done with the cooperation of the Mossel Bay Heritage Society.

Scheffler, H. (1990): Die Victoriaanse era in Mosselbaai: Munrohoek. Thesis, University of Stellenbosch. 

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COVID-19 Protocols

In accordance with our museum’s approved COVID-19 Lockdown Operational Plan, the operation times at our museum will be adjusted as needed. The museum is operated under strict lockdown rules and regulations. 

  • Visitors without masks are denied entry to the premises. 
  • Visitors are required to sanitize before entry.
  • Visitors’ temperature is tested and those who have 38°C or more are not allowed to enter the premises. 
  • The caravel is closed until further notice. 
  • The aquarium touch tank at the Shell Museum is operated like other tanks, visitors are not allowed to touch the animals. 
  • Only 100 visitors per building are allowed at a time.
Entrance Fees - Complex

Entrance Fees

Complex Entry

Adults: R 20.00
Pensioners: R 10.00
Children under 18: R 5.00

Entrance Fees - Complex & Caravel

Entrance Fees

Complex & Caravel

Adults: R 40.00
Pensioners: R 20.00
Children under 18: R 10.00

Opening Hours
  • Monday To Friday 08:15 to 17:00
  • Saturday & Public Holidays09:00 to 16:00
  • Sunday09:00 to 16:00
  • Lockdown Level 4:Closed

Contact Info

+27 (0)44 691 1067

+27 (0)44 691 1915


1 Market Street

Mossel Bay, South Africa