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

Featured Stories

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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Fun activities for the kids this winter holiday at the KZN Museum. Suitable for ages 6 - 13 years. Activities are R 25 per day, from 9am - 11am. 

18 June - Make your own Dinosaur fossil necklace and visit the dinosaur gallery to learn all about how dinosaurs became extinct.
19 June - Make a fun kaleidoscope from recycled materials and visit our new plastic pollution display to learn how you can become an ambassador for a greener planet.
20 June - Make your own clay pot while you learn about African pottery.
21 June - Did you know that 2019 is the Year of Fly? You will learn about the importance of flies and make your own green bottle fly using recycled material.

Call Nozipho on 033-3451404 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to make your booking. Space is limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.

 

School Bookings 

A wide range of curriculum enrichment lectures are available for ALL grades. Education staff make use of specimens, exhibits and the talks are also enriched by the use of notes and worksheets. Talks/tours can be designed to suit the educator’s or school's needs and these include:

 List of talks/programmes offered to schools

Venue Hire

Did you know that the KZN Museum has two venues that can be hired for meetings/workshops/conferences and even birthday parties? We cater for large or small groups, for various types of gatherings at very affordable rates.

The John Pringle Hall accommodates up to 200 people seated in cinema style and the Ingede (lecture) Theatre seats around 60 people comfortably.

If you are looking for something quite unique please consider hiring our Mammal Hall for a larger and more formal gathering (T&Cs apply). email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

 

 Venue Booking Form 2019

Tickets for the winter edition of the KZN Museum "Night at the Museum" is now on sale for the event which is set for the 28 June from 6:00 - 8:00pm. We have an exciting programme lined up for the evening which is suitable for the entire family. We will be featuring a  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 are limited so please purchase those tickets soon to avoid disappointment! Tickets may be purchased from Webtickets or from the customer service desk at any Pick ‘n Pay store.

The KZN Museum celebrated Biodiversity Day on the 22nd of May 2019.  The Theme was “Connecting to our biodiversity, our food, our health”. 7 schools participated by bring in just under 130 learners to the Museum to learn about the role of nature in ensuring human health and good nutrition.
The various specialist staff from our Natural Science Department provided presentations on various aspects of Biodiversity. Dr. Tsuura from the University of KwaZulu-Natal was the guest speaker at this event and his presentation demonstrated great insight on African Biodiversity.