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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Staff from the Natural Science Department joined staff and students from the University of KwaZulu-Natal for a bioblitz of the Ubombo Mountain Reserve from 9 – 12 October. The purpose of these bioblitz trips is to get a group of specialists together to do surveys of the fauna and flora of particular reserves to provide a species list for that reserve. The information provided will be fed into management plans for the reserves. The KZN Museum's Entomology department was represented by Dr Kirstin Williams and Tricia Pillay who targeted flying insects. Dr Thembeka Nxele and Matabaro Ziganira were looking for earthworms and Dr Igor Muratov collected shells and snails. It was very dry and dusty but despite this, the entomology team caught about 1000 specimens – mostly flies and wasps. The earthworms were few and far between and the team only got 3 specimens. Snail shells were found in huge numbers and it turned out to be a very successful trip for Dr Muratov. All the specimens we collected will be added to the museum collections.

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The KZN Museum recently hosted their Sabalala Programme year end functions. The closing functions are held annually to reward the learners who participated in the Sabalala After School programme for their attendance and participation the 2019 year. On the 8 October learners from Edendale Primary School attended one of the year end function at the Museum and they included learners from the Grange Primary School, Caluza Primary School and Henryville Primary School. Learners were treated to a fun science show hosted by Fun Science Secret Lab. The Sabalala Nolwazi after school programme is an initiative run by the KZN Museum both through both outreach and in-house programmes. The outreach programme is designed to take educational museum resources to communities that are unable to visit the KwaZulu- Natal Museum. The programme focuses on CAPS aligned activities in different subjects. It also strives to educate the learners and communities about best practices to promote sustainable living within communities. Three times a week learners who can visit the Museum attend classes that are held during the week after schoo. 

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Revisiting the Goodall archive: rock art as a site of enchantment

Justine Wintjes and Laura de Harde

Elizabeth Goodall née Elisabeth Mannsfeld (1891–1971) worked as a curator of rock art in what was then Southern Rhodesia for more than four decades. Originally from Germany, she was a member of the Frobenius expedition to southern Africa in 1928–1930. She returned to southern Africa after the expedition and went on to work at the Queen Victoria Museum in Salisbury (today the Zimbabwe Museum of Human Sciences, Harare). She produced a vast archive of rock art copies and recordings prior to the interpretative revolution that Patricia Vinnicombe and David Lewis-Williams pioneered in the 1970s and 1980s. Even though the meaning and purpose of the art remained largely enigmatic to her, Goodall was one of many artists trained in a western tradition who were inspired to make copies of rock art, despite having little to no understanding of its symbolic dimensions. Her copying practice illustrates the capacity of rock art to ‘enchant’ the viewer through its formal and material aspects.

Saturday, 19 October at 10h30, at the KZN Museum

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The KwaZulu-Natal Museum hosted its annual Wellness Day today. The purpose of this event was to highlight the importance of wellness and good health among the Museum staff and volunteers. Bonitas medical aid scheme representatives were present to assist staff with various health screenings that included, blood pressure, blood sugar (glucose), cholesterol, BMI, and HIV testing. Staff members also participated in an aerobic exercise session that was facilitated by an instructor from Planet Fitness Gym.

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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