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

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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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The KZN Museum Council, Management and staff offer their heartiest congratulations to Dr Ghilraen Laue on obtaining her PhD! Ghilraen is a Curator in our Human Science Department and she is pictured with Lyn Wadley who is an Honorary Professor of Archaeology, at the University of the Witwatersrand.

The Museum hosted another very successful Night at the Museum during the June school vacation. The Museum was packed with 1000 visitors who enjoyed all the offerings presented. The feedback from the visitors was very complimentary of the event and the highlight was the walk through the Victorian Gallery where the visitors got to interact with Museum staff who were dressed in period costumes and spoke about items relating to that period. There was so much to see and do on the night, the only complaint was that there was simply not enough time! Watch this space for news about the much anticipated Night at the Museum: Halloween Edition which will be held on the 25 October 2019. Tickets will be on sale from September on Webtickets. The KZN Museum is so grateful to the public for the amazing support.  

On the 13 June the KZN Museum participated in a collaborative enviro-outreach event by marking World Oceans Day. KZN Museum’s Chief Outreach Education Officer, Marsha Kalika presented a water filtration and demonstrated water testing. Other activities included innovative poetry, essays, dances, skits and music from learners. Stakeholders presented on the importance of oceans and rivers. Poster competition was held and certificates were issued to learners from different grades by EDTEA. The event was held at the Gasela Primary School and was attended by about 400 learners.

 

A new temporary photo exhibition launches at the KZN Museum this weekend - on rural resistance and struggles for land in KwaZulu-Natal, hosted by the Association For Rural Advancement (AFRA) There are 40 photographs from the period of forced evictions- to 1994. There are 40 photographs from the period of forced evictions, to 1994 and the area of optimism. Though some of the photos were taken 40 years ago, the issues they portray are still very prevalent even today, as people continue to face the rights violations they experienced back then.