Department of Human Sciences

The Department of Human Sciences has a dynamic team of inter-disciplinary curators who conduct research in archaeology, history, anthropology, rock art, museumology, object biographies and materiality...

Department of Natural Science

The Department of Natural Science is one of two research departments within the museum, housing specimens dating back to 1879...

Exhibition Department

KwaZulu-Natal Museum’s Exhibition Department conceptualises, designs and oversees both the permanent and temporary exhibitions within the Museum...

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Welcome to

KwaZulu-Natal Museum

KwaZulu-Natal Museum is a popular tourist and educational amenity and acclaimed centre of scholarly research, offers thousands of visitors a feast of attractive, modern and user friendly displays. The KZN 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 KZN 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, this 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.  

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Our location

237 Jabu Ndlovu Street
Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal 3201

Opening Times

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


Get in touch

+27 33 345 1404


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Our Departments

Natural Sciences

Human Sciences




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Venue Hire

Did you know that the KZN Museum has two venues that can be hired for meetings/workshops/conferences and even birthday parties?

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The Museum will be closed all day on Friday, 6 December 2019 for a staff event. We will open on the weekend as per the normal trading hours. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

The KwaZulu-Natal Museum will be commemorating 16 Days of Activism Campaign for NO violence against women and children. This global campaign aims to raise awareness about the devastating impact of violence against women and children and celebrate the victories of human rights.

The sixteen days will be commemorated from today November to the 10 December where awareness will be achieved through the form of displays and distribution of white ribbons to people who visit the museum. White ribbons symbolise peace and a pledge against abuse women and children. Red ribbons will be distributed on the weekend, to commemorate World Aids Day.

On Friday, 29 November the Museum will be hosting children from Lily of the Valley Orphanage, there will be a talk Life Line and Community Media Trust.

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On Saturday 16 November 2019, Dr Geoff Blundell presented preliminary results of historical research on the Lochenberg family to descendants of the Lochenberg’s, as well as the Fynn’s Ogle’s, Rudd’s, Kok’s, Dunn’s, Biggar’s and others at Durban East Primary School. Nicholaas Lochenberg, a Dutch-speaking white man, born into the Cape Colony, absconded in the late 1790s when the British took over the Cape. He partnered a Khoisan woman, Sarah, with whom he had five children. Nicholaas was an influential figure on the south-eastern seaboard, assisting missionaries and being recognized as a ‘chief’ by a number of the paramount leaders in that part of the world. He lived close to Hintsa’s Great Place and in 1829, Faku, the principal leader of the Mpondo requested Nicholaas to fight against the invading Qwabe. In the battle Nicholaas and his Khoi forces, after wounding the Qwabe leader, Nqetho, were overwhelmed and killed.

After Nicholaas’ death, his son, Hans played a prominent role in the Nomansland region, between the Cape and Natal colonies. Hans was widely acknowledged as a Chief as well and the Mpondomise payed tribute to him while several San groups collaborated and joined his followers. By the 1860s, Hans boasted a retinue of 200 guns and 900 shields and was cultivating crops as diverse as coffee, sugar and bananas. Hans’ brother, William, was a catechist for the London Missionary Society. Some of William’s children married those of Henry Francis Fynn and throughout the late 19th and 20th centuries, the Fynn’s, Ogle’s, Rudd’s, Kok’s, Dunn’s, Biggar’s and Lochenberg’s have intermarried. Somewhat fittingly, the great-great granddaughter of Hans Lochenberg also attended the event. While scattered throughout the country, many descendants of these pioneering surnames are today based in Wentworth; this community’s struggle for recognition is the subject of an ongoing research collaboration between Troy Meyers, a descendant of Hans Lochenberg, Angela Ferreira, a volunteer at the KwaZulu-Natal Museum, and Dr Blundell, the Head of the Department of Human Sciences at the museum.