The Sukume Museum and Xhosa Culture Centre is an unassuming little treasure nestled behind the massive Walmer Township of Port Elizabeth. It may be small and basic, but that does not mean that what is inside is not fascinating and fun for young and old alike. In fact, the humble exterior belies the intriguing experience beyond the doors.
The purpose of this facility is primarily to uplift the local community, giving people (especially mothers) the opportunity to improve their own lives, gain training and educate their children. The attached primary school is, therefore, of utmost importance to the local families, many of whom cannot afford school fees. Therefore, the goods that are available at this museum (arts, crafts, clothing and accessories) have all been made by these children’s mothers, and the proceeds go towards the education of the little ones.