Night at the Museum

Tickets on sale the 28 June from 6:00 - 8:00pm. Exciting programme lined up which is suitable for the entire family. Live snake show, fun and interactive science show, Victorian Show and Tell in the History hall, San Hunter Display (stone tools, pottery, iron) with the Museum archaeologists, Library book display, Insect pinning with our scientific staff and more! Food will be on sale, as well as face painting, popcorn and a coffee! Tickets may be purchased from Webtickets or from the customer service desk at any Pick ‘n Pay store.

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...

We are open this long weekend!

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!

Department of Natural Science

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

Holiday Programme

"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.

Call Nozipho on 033-3451404 or email switchboard@nmsa.org.za to make your booking. Space is limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.

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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Part of the KZN Museum’s Educational Outreach Programme focuses on providing environmental education and CAPS aligned Life Science Content to local communities and schools in Ndwedwe, ILembe Municipality respectively. The outreach programme will be a collaborative effort between the Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs (EDTEA), Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA), Department of Agriculture and Rural development (DARD) and the KZN Museum. On the 28th February 2019, Marsha Kalika met with the three officials from each of these departments to discuss the planning of the outreach in terms of scope with regards to local communities and schools. 

As part of the programme Greg Gopal from the school publication Exam Fever, will be donating just over 2000 Natural Science and Life Science books for distribution to schools in the Ndwedwe area, initiating the programme on a positive note. The programme will be centred on environmental awareness for local communities and sustainable CAPS aligned activities that offer stimulating environments for learners from Grades 10-12 thus, enhancing science and promoting optimal learning. As a collaborative effort, the team aims to assist learners and surrounding communities in addressing environmental concerns through research and finding practical recommendations. STEMI activities will complement classroom content and focus on FET science based learners with the aim of reaching 10 schools for the year of 2019. This outreach and collaborative effort aims to share knowledge, encourage and inspire careers in science in and amongst the youth. 

At the Traditional Healers Forum held on the 19/03/2019 Marsha Kalika, Chief Education Officer - Outreach, presented a talk on "Creating sustainable clean electricity utilising vegetables" and "Filtration is Purification" was discussed and demonstrated. The Museum will visit the area on a weekly basis, visiting 2-3 schools each week and CAPS aligned STEMI activities will be facilitated to Grades 10-12 learners.

KZN Museum holiday programme: Activities are from 9am - 11am each day at a cost of R 25 per child per day. To make your booking call Nozipho on 033-3451404 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Space is limited.
Reminder: DROP OFF YOUR BOOKS AT THE MUSEUM THIS WEEKEND AND RECEIVE A FREE BAG + FREE ENTRY TICKETS. (VALID FOR SATURDAY & SUNDAY) The KZN Museum is hosting a book swap this month in celebration of National Library Week. The public are invited to drop off any unwanted books that are in good condition, to the Museum. The book swap will be held at the Museum from the 18 - 22 March 2019. You can visit the Museum during Library Week in March to pick up a book of your choice at no cost, and maybe leave something behind that you are no longer reading! For more information call the Museum on 033-3451404 and speak to any of our Library staff.

In celebration of National Library Week the KZN Museum is going to host a book swap in March. The public are invited to drop off any unwanted books that are in good condition to the Museum. We will accept all books - fiction, non-fiction, academic, novels, picture books, cook books, children's books etc. The book swap will be held at the Museum from the 18 - 22 March 2019 (more about that in later posts). You can visit the Museum during Library Week in March to pick up a book of your choice at no cost, and maybe leave something behind that you are no longer reading! For more information call the Museum on 033-3451404 and speak to any of our Library staff.