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...

Gallery Tours and Talks

Thembinkosi Sithole, an information officer from our Education Department on a tour with a group of learners In the Freedom Gallery. For a full list of lectures, tours and presentations, as it aligns to CAPS, please click on the About Us menu.

Department of Natural Science

The Department of Natural Science is one of two research departments within the museum, housing specimens dating back to 1879...

Year of the Fly

"Year of the Fly" is also an opportunity for fly specialists to showcase their research work and new discoveries in the field and make these more widely known.

The year 2019 was formally designated as international "Year of the Fly" at the 9th International Congress of Dipterology in Windhoek, Namibia in November 2018. 2019 is intended as a celebration of flies and their role in nature and human society. During the year the intention is to educate the general public about the diversity, significance and beauty of flies and how they affect our lives.

Education Department

The Department focuses on school curriculum enrichment and museum related environmental education, community outreach projects and community development...

Holiday Hours

Thursday, 18th April: Closing at 12:00
Good Friday, 19th April: CLOSED
Sat, 20th April: 9:00 - 4:00 (open)
Sun, 21st April: 10:00 - 3:00 (open)
Mon, 22nd April: CLOSED

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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+27 33 345 1404

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info@nmsa.org.za

Our Departments

Natural Sciences

Human Sciences

Education

Library

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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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2019 was formally designated as International Year of the Fly at the 9th International Congress of Dipterology which was held in in Windhoek, Namibia at the end of 2018. This is the year to celebrate flies and their role in nature and human society. During the year we plan on showing you the diversity, significance and beauty of flies and how they affect our lives.

Today marks the 140th anniversary of The Battle of Isandlwana. After the British commenced their invasion of Zululand, a Zulu force of some 20,000 warriors attacked a portion of the British main column consisting of about 1,800 British, colonial and native troops and around 400 civilians. The British Army had suffered its worst defeat against an indigenous foe with vastly inferior military technology. Zulus were equipped mainly with the traditional assegai iron spears and cow-hide shields, but also had a number of muskets and old rifles. The British and colonial troops were armed with the modern guns and rifles.The battle was a decisive victory for the Zulus and caused the defeat of the first British invasion of Zululand. Isandlwana resulted in the British taking a much more aggressive approach in the Anglo–Zulu War, leading to a heavily reinforced second invasion and the destruction of King Cetshwayo's hopes of a negotiated peace. Wikipedia #isandlwana#kznmuseum

Ghilraen Laue, a curator from our Human Sciences department on a tour with a group of learners on San Hunter Gatherers. For a full list of lectures, tours and presentations, as it aligns to CAPS, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will gladly send you the information to make your next booking. You can also call the Museum on 033-3451404 to make your school booking.

The KZN Museum Human Science department recently hosted a visiting researcher, Dr Gerrit Dusseldorp and a team from the Faculty of Archaeology, Leiden University in the Netherlands. The team recently excavated at the Umhlatuzana Rock Shelter, which is just off the N3 near Marianhill Toll Plaza. The site was first opened and excavated in the late 1980’s due to the building of the N3 Marian Hill Toll-Gate, and is a Middle Stone Age (100 000- 30 000 years ago) and a Late Stone Age site (30 000 - 2 000 years ago). The KwaZulu-Natal Museum currently stores the material excavated from this site. Dr Dusseldorp and his team spent some time at the KZN Museum sorting through this material.