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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Due to technical issues the Museum reception lines will be down this Saturday and Sunday (7 & 8 Sep). We do apologise for any inconvenience caused.

The KZN Museum is currently using a new entrance into the Museum due to renovations taking place in the reception area. The public is kindly asked to use the double glass door entrance into the Museum, which is accessible from the front pavement. We do apologise for any inconvenience caused and hope to restore normal functioning at the earliest possible convenience.

It is said that the best way to multiply your happiness is to share it with others. We are always very happy at the KZN Museum when members of our team succeed at anything that they set out to achieve in life. Today we celebrate the success of our very own Dr Ghilraen Laue by sharing pictures of her recent graduation! Well done once again Ghilraen and we are very proud to have you as part of the KZN Museum team!

Behind the Wire is a new temporary exhibition at the KwaZulu-Natal Museum. The display explores civilian internment in the British Empire from 1914 – 1919, the duration of World War 1. South Africa’s internment camp was based at Pietermaritzburg’s own Fort Napier Hospital, where over 2500 ‘enemy alien’ nationals from all over the Union of South Africa, as well as prisoners of war from German South-West Africa (now Namibia) were kept behind the wire. The KZN Museum have added panels to this display by exploring South Africa’s involvement in WW1, highlighting South Africa’s campaign in German South-West Africa, the Battle of Delville Wood, the SS Mendi, and the traces of WW1 that remain in Pietermaritzburg. On display are the Museum’s own WW1 collections in a unique and informative display. You will find the original items crafted by the German internees, evidence of the changing roles of women in society, as well as various items from the front lines. The Exhibition will be on display at the KZN Museum for a year.

Opening Times

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

ENTRANCE CHARGES

Adults (over 17 years) : R10.00

Children (4-17 years) : R 2.50 

School Learners on tour : R 1.50 per child

Pensioners & toddlers : FREE