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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Welcome to

KwaZulu-Natal Museum

KwaZulu-Natal Museum is a popular tourist and educational amenity and acclaimed centre of scholarly research, offers thousands of visitors a feast of attractive, modern and user friendly displays. The KZN Museum is dedicated to increasing understanding of the history of mankind in south-eastern Africa and of the natural world, through the collection, study and display of real objects. The Museum opened its doors on 30 November 1904 and is now home to several of South Africa's most important heritage collections. The collections are of international renown, and feature regional archaeology, African cultural products, European settler history, seashells, insects and other forms of animal life. The KZN Museum is proud to be the custodian of one of the most important collections of Zulu craft objects. The largest national Museum in KwaZulu-Natal, this Museum is dedicated to the collection, preservation, study and exhibition of objects of cultural and scientific value, concentrating on both the Natural and Human Sciences. The exhibition galleries are continually being upgraded to make the museum even more effective and enjoyable.  

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Our location

237 Jabu Ndlovu Street
Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal 3201
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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

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Get in touch

+27 33 345 1404

EMAIL US

Drop us an email

info@nmsa.org.za

Our Departments

Natural Sciences

Human Sciences

Education

Library

Exhibitions

Featured Stories

Entrance Charges

Adults

R15.00

(Over 17 years)

Children

R5.00

(4-17 years)

School Learners

R2.50

(on tour) per child

Pensioners & toddlers

FREE

Internet Cafe

Adults

R15.00

per hour

Learners

R10.00

per hour

Venue Hire

Did you know that the KZN Museum has two venues that can be hired for meetings/workshops/conferences and even birthday parties?

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Fun activities for the kids this winter holiday at the KZN Museum. Suitable for ages 6 - 13 years. Activities are R 25 per day, from 9am - 11am. 

18 June - Make your own Dinosaur fossil necklace and visit the dinosaur gallery to learn all about how dinosaurs became extinct.
19 June - Make a fun kaleidoscope from recycled materials and visit our new plastic pollution display to learn how you can become an ambassador for a greener planet.
20 June - Make your own clay pot while you learn about African pottery.
21 June - Did you know that 2019 is the Year of Fly? You will learn about the importance of flies and make your own green bottle fly using recycled material.

Call Nozipho on 033-3451404 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to make your booking. Space is limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.

 

School Bookings 

A wide range of curriculum enrichment lectures are available for ALL grades. Education staff make use of specimens, exhibits and the talks are also enriched by the use of notes and worksheets. Talks/tours can be designed to suit the educator’s or school's needs and these include:

 List of talks/programmes offered to schools

Venue Hire

Did you know that the KZN Museum has two venues that can be hired for meetings/workshops/conferences and even birthday parties? We cater for large or small groups, for various types of gatherings at very affordable rates.

The John Pringle Hall accommodates up to 200 people seated in cinema style and the Ingede (lecture) Theatre seats around 60 people comfortably.

If you are looking for something quite unique please consider hiring our Mammal Hall for a larger and more formal gathering (T&Cs apply). email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

 

 Venue Booking Form 2019

?? COLLECT YOUR FREE PLANT ?? from the KZN Museum during 29 July - 3 August during National Science Week! 'Portulacaria afra' otherwise known as Spekboom is 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! (only while stocks last) ?

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Please take note that the Museum will be closing it's doors at 2pm this afternoon, 19 July for some maintenance work. We will open for the weekend as per our normal hours. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.