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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It is said that the best way to multiply your happiness is to share it with others. We are always very happy at the KZN Museum when members of our team succeed at anything that they set out to achieve in life. Today we celebrate the success of our very own Dr Ghilraen Laue by sharing pictures of her recent graduation! Well done once again Ghilraen and we are very proud to have you as part of the KZN Museum team!

Behind the Wire is a new temporary exhibition at the KwaZulu-Natal Museum. The display explores civilian internment in the British Empire from 1914 – 1919, the duration of World War 1. South Africa’s internment camp was based at Pietermaritzburg’s own Fort Napier Hospital, where over 2500 ‘enemy alien’ nationals from all over the Union of South Africa, as well as prisoners of war from German South-West Africa (now Namibia) were kept behind the wire. The KZN Museum have added panels to this display by exploring South Africa’s involvement in WW1, highlighting South Africa’s campaign in German South-West Africa, the Battle of Delville Wood, the SS Mendi, and the traces of WW1 that remain in Pietermaritzburg. On display are the Museum’s own WW1 collections in a unique and informative display. You will find the original items crafted by the German internees, evidence of the changing roles of women in society, as well as various items from the front lines. The Exhibition will be on display at the KZN Museum for a year.

National Science week has kicked off at the KZN Museum with a jam-packed week of activities both in the Museum and at various other locations. The Museum has set up exhibitions at the Liberty Midlands Mall, Eastwood Library and Bessie Head Library, all with content around climate change and plastic pollution all with a view to understanding the harsh realities of climate change. The Museum has so far seen lots of schools visiting this week for lessons Climate Change Apocalypse and Lego in Science. Still to come are science shows, the Archaeology of Garbage, and Traditional Leaders in the Environment. The Museum is also giving away 'Portulacaria afra' otherwise known as spekboom, 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, during the course of National Science Week. 

NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: SOLD OUT!
Tickets to the Winter Edition of the Night at the Museum are sold ou! thank you to everyone for the amazing support in sharing our posts and supporting all our events. We look forward to a fun evening on Friday!