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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KZN Museum celebrated youth day on the 13th of June. Youth day is commemorated annually by the museum to highlight the events that happened on the 16th of June 1976. Nine high schools from Pietermaritzburg and surrounding were invited to be part of this programme. The aim was to give the students a platform to discuss challenges and success in school education 25 years after democracy. The 1976 Soweto uprising was used as a reference for the discussion. Students looked at some of the challenges that the youth of 1976 faced and the challenges that the youth of today is facing in schools and in the communities. The event ended off with a wonderful interaction with the youth which was most inspirational!  

Father's day is the Sunday, bring dad and the whole family to the Museum for a visit. We are open all weekend including Monday from 9:00 - 4:00 pm. Entrance fees are R 15 for adults and R 5 for children. Pensioners and toddlers are free. It's a great way to spend the day and there is always something new to see!

KZN Museum celebrated Africa Day at the Museum on the 31 May at a joyous and colourful celebration of diversity. The learners came dressed up in traditional clothes and sang and danced and filled the hall with an air of festivity. Primary schools were invited to participate in a programme at the Museum to celebrate Africa Day which is observed throughout Africa on the 25th of May annually. South Africa’s Theme for 2019 edition was “Celebrating 25 Years of Democracy”.  Primary schools were identified as target audience and were requested to create work that represent democracy to them. The creations were in the form of poetry, poster presentations, drama or any other art form which the school could choose. Learners were most creative in their presentations and really represented their schools very well!  

Members of the Natural Science Department attended the Natural Science Collections Facility Forum held at Goudini Spa from 28 – 31 May. The department was represented by Dr Igor Muratov, Dr Thembeka Nxele, Dr John Midgley, Mr Siyabonga Zamisa, Dr Kirstin Williams and Mr Matabaro Ziganira. The forum provided an opportunity for discussions about collections, access to data, transformation in collections and science communication. It was a very interactive forum with café conversation styled discussions which allowed people to network with staff from other institutions. The Natural Science Collections Facility is a network of South African institutions holding natural science collections, established as part of the Department of Science & Technology’s Research Infrastructure Roadmap and co-ordinated by the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI).

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