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KwaZulu-Natal Museum

Pietermaritzburg, Midlands

KwaZulu-Natal Museum, a popular tourist and educational amenity and acclaimed centre of scholarly research, offers thousands of visitors a feast of attractive, modern, user friendly displays. The KwaZulu-Natal Museum is dedicated to increasing understanding of the history of mankind in south-eastern Africa and of the Natural World, through the collection, study and display of real objects. The Museum opened its doors on 30 November 1904 and is now home to several of South Africa's most important heritage collections.

The collections are of international renown, and feature regional archaeology, African cultural products, European settler history, seashells, insects and other forms of animal life. The KwaZulu-Natal Museum is proud to be the custodian of one of the most important collections of Zulu craft objects. The largest national museum in KwaZulu-Natal, the KwaZulu-Natal Museum is dedicated to the collection, preservation, study and exhibition of objects of cultural and scientific value, concentrating on both the Natural and Human Sciences. The exhibition galleries are continually being upgraded to make the museum even more effective and enjoyable.

A cultural and natural history museum renowned for its unique collections - there are eight natural history and around ten cultural history galleries that include an array of mammals (together with the last wild elephant in KwaZulu Natal), birds, amphibians, insects, an extensive mollusc collection (there are few South African land snails that are not represented in the Natal Museum) and a life-size T-Rex model. There is also a room dedicated to KZN history, a reconstruction of a Victorian street, complete with shops and period homes and a recreation of Drakensberg cave. What makes this Museum particularly interesting is the array of interesting temporary exhibitions that give the museum a definite dynamic advantage.

The Museum is wheelchair friendly, boasts an internet café and is open seven days a week including most public holidays.

Contact Details:

033 345 1404


237 Jabu Ndlovu Street

Opening & Closing Times:

Monday to Friday - 8:15 to 16:30
Saturdays - 9:00 to 16:00
Sundays - 10:00 to 15:00