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 was opened in 1998 to house the collection of Charlotte Kritzinger, a local lady who dedicated many years collecting shells. Over time, this collection was further enhanced, through donations and exchanges. A recent addition is a display of Jeffreys Bay micro shells, which is believed to be unique in this country. 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.
During December 2019 the museum was slightly upgraded and now also houses some other interesting artefacts and new projects under way will include information about the local fishermen and history of the town. A visit to Jeffreys Bay is not complete without a visit to the Jeffreys Bay Shell Museum which is situated centrally on the beachfront of the town.