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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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.

National Science week has kicked off at the KZN Museum with a jam-packed week of activities both in the Museum and at various other locations. The Museum has set up exhibitions at the Liberty Midlands Mall, Eastwood Library and Bessie Head Library, all with content around climate change and plastic pollution all with a view to understanding the harsh realities of climate change. The Museum has so far seen lots of schools visiting this week for lessons Climate Change Apocalypse and Lego in Science. Still to come are science shows, the Archaeology of Garbage, and Traditional Leaders in the Environment. The Museum is also giving away 'Portulacaria afra' otherwise known as spekboom, a proudly South African plant that improves the quality of air we breathe & helps fight climate change - it’s edible, water-wise, easy to grow & suitable for all seasons, during the course of National Science Week. 

NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: SOLD OUT!
Tickets to the Winter Edition of the Night at the Museum are sold ou! thank you to everyone for the amazing support in sharing our posts and supporting all our events. We look forward to a fun evening on Friday!

The Museum will be closing at 3pm today, 21 June, for fumigation of some of the collection rooms. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. We will be open for the weekend again as per our normal operational hours. 

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