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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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.

Museum Education officers Akhona Lukhozi and Marsha Kalika will be attending the South Africa National Science Festival (SciFest) in Grahamstown in March. Scifest a platform for scientists from around the world to showcase and share their work. The event provides the KZN Museum an opportunity to network and share knowledge with other scientists in the field while encouraging and inspiring careers in science among the youth. The KZN Museum will be covering the topics like The Power of H2O; Discover your element as well as Water is matter and Filtration is purification aimed at various grades, during workshops and exhibitions throughout the week. The activities will be interactive, stimulating and will allow learners to think out of the box whilst they interact with objects that promote optimal understanding. Learners will be exposed to the significance, threats and a variety of purification mechanisms related to water availability through power point presentations. The Museum will also feature their “Museum in a Box” will emphasise and allow learners to interact with stimulating objects that make up filtration systems. A short video and worksheet will be distributed for completion and learners will end the session by creating their own home made filtration system using recyclable materials. This further integrates the concept of environment by utilising waste as an input thereby, creating a new product and fulfilling the closed circuit concept. Ms Kalika will also be feature at SciFest as an MC at one of their events, an evaluator on a panel for a competition, will host their sunset show as well as be part of Scifest’s “Speed date a scientist” event.

A new species of tarantula with a peculiar horn-like structure sticking out of its back was recently identified the team of Drs John Midgley and Ian Engelbrecht. This was collected as part of the National Geographic Okavango Wilderness Project. Dr Midgley, who is an entomologist here at the KwaZulu Natal Museum, was in central Angola a few years ago to document local invertebrate species. It was there that Dr Midgley first encountered the tarantula, and, along with co-author Dr Engelbrecht, an invertebrate conservation scientist at the South African Biodiversity Institute, described the new species in a recently published paper in the journal African Invertebrates. The new spider (Ceratogyrus attonitifer sp.n.) belongs to a group known as horned baboon spiders, the horn-like structure is not present in all of these species. You can read more about this exciting new discovery on: https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-02/pp-nts021219.php  and on the African Invertebrates Website: https://africaninvertebrates.pensoft.net/.