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 Museum will be closing at 3pm today, 21 June, for fumigation of some of the collection rooms. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. We will be open for the weekend again as per our normal operational hours. 

KZN Museum celebrated youth day on the 13th of June. Youth day is commemorated annually by the museum to highlight the events that happened on the 16th of June 1976. Nine high schools from Pietermaritzburg and surrounding were invited to be part of this programme. The aim was to give the students a platform to discuss challenges and success in school education 25 years after democracy. The 1976 Soweto uprising was used as a reference for the discussion. Students looked at some of the challenges that the youth of 1976 faced and the challenges that the youth of today is facing in schools and in the communities. The event ended off with a wonderful interaction with the youth which was most inspirational!  

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!

KZN Museum celebrated Africa Day at the Museum on the 31 May at a joyous and colourful celebration of diversity. The learners came dressed up in traditional clothes and sang and danced and filled the hall with an air of festivity. Primary schools were invited to participate in a programme at the Museum to celebrate Africa Day which is observed throughout Africa on the 25th of May annually. South Africa’s Theme for 2019 edition was “Celebrating 25 Years of Democracy”.  Primary schools were identified as target audience and were requested to create work that represent democracy to them. The creations were in the form of poetry, poster presentations, drama or any other art form which the school could choose. Learners were most creative in their presentations and really represented their schools very well!