The Scientific Society Swakopmund is the governing body of the Swakopmund Museum and the Sam Cohen Library.
The Scientific Society Swakopmund collects, preserves and exhibits cultural goods and scientific objects. It serves furthermore as a platform to share scientific information through lectures, excursions, information distribution and publications such as the regular “Berichte-Reports”.
The Sam Cohen Library is a reference library that hosts over 10.000 books, which include the Africana Collection of Ferdinand Stich, former bookshop owner of Swakopmund. The archives, forming part of the library, contain a collection of newspapers from 1898 up to present day as well as a comprehensive collection of historic photographs, postcards, maps and documents. The library is situated on the corner of Sam Nujoma Avenue and Windhoeker Street.
Opening times: Monday – Friday 08h00-13h00, 15h00-17h00. Every 2nd Saturday of the month from 09h00-13h00.
The Swakopmund Museum is the largest privately-run museum in Namibia. It displays various types of indigenous plants, animals, minerals, an archaeological exhibition, the transport system of old and a variety of cultural historical objects. One of a kind and educational is the exhibition “People of Namibia”. It focuses on the traditional heritage of the different ethnic groups of Namibia. The museum shop offers a large variety of books, postcards and souvenirs. You can even send your post from there! Interesting local videos are shown at the Swakopmund Museum upon request.
The Museum is situated between the lighthouse and the beach. It is open daily from 10h00 to 17h00.