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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Our Museum team along with the 5 lucky learners who won the trip to the Robben Island Spring School have left for Cape Town this morning. There was great excitement and nervousness from all, but much anticipation also for the week ahead. In preparation for this trip, the museum hosted a speech contest in August, to choose five pupils who will participate in the camp. The competition was open to Grade 10 and 11 history learners from schools under the uMgungundlovu District with the topic being “To what extent has South Africa achieved its democratic dreams/aspirations in the past 25 years?”. 15 schools participated in the competition. Pupils selected for the camp include Zenzwezinhele Khumalo from Uminathi College, Sanelesiwe Memela from KwaPatha Secondary School, Amanda Radebe from Richmond Combined Secondary School, Njabulo Mbili from Cool Air Secondary School, Thobeka Mahaye from Injoloba Secondary School. The competition was open to all school in the uMgungundlovu District.

The Spring School is a residency and flagship programme of the Robben Island Museum which started in 1998. Each year, a theme is tailored to address pertinent issues affecting the youth of South Africa. All nine provinces in South Africa and SADC countries participate and pupils are identified by different government departments and various institutions. The learners are expected back in the province at the end of the school holiday.

Pop along to visit the KZN Museum at night - for Halloween! Suitable for the whole family! Reptile show, Magic Show, interactive dance demonstrations with Dance Warehouse, Halloween-themed games, mystery box game, Halloween photo-booth, food, coffee and popcorn on sale, face painting, balloons animals, witch hunt and much more.
Come dressed up in your Halloween costume! Bookings on Webtickets or at Pick n Pay only.

There is always something new to see at the KZN Museum - it's something that we pride ourselves on. This year for Heritage Day we have set up a temporary exhibition and gave our staff a chance to tell their own stories! The display features objects that have a special significance to staff members, with a small story attached. It is so special to see the various items that staff chose to highlight and even more touching to read the stories attached to it. This is a pilot project and next year we will invite members of the community to submit their objects and their special stories. We plan to grow the exhibition to be more representative of our community, to be bigger and even better.

The display will officially be open on Friday, 20th September at the Museum’s Heritage Day celebrations and will be up for a year. Come and have a look!

Stefan Manz, Professor of German and Global History and Head of Languages and Translation Studies at School of Languages and Social Sciences at Aston University in Birmingham, UK visited our Museum this week and spent some time here researching our history collections and interacting with both staff and visitors. Stefan is the curator of the original content for the Behind the Wire Exhibition. He put together education packs for our Education Department, the material aligns with the grade 8 syllabus. The material was used this week with both school groups and educators to mark the opening of the Behind the Wire exhibition. There's always something new to see at the KZN Museum!

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