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

Opening Times

Monday to Friday - 8:15 to 16:30 
Saturdays - 9:00 to 16:00 
Sundays - 10:00 to 15:00


Get in touch

+27 33 345 1404


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Our Departments

Natural Sciences

Human Sciences




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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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Marsha Kalika, Chief Education Officer: Outreach from the KZN Museum, has once again scooped an award at the annual Scifest 2019 which was held in Grahamstown last week. She received the award for “Best Workshop: Outreach” after presenting her workshop on Filtration is Purification. The theme this year was “Discover your Element” and Ms Kalika presented to high schools in Grahamstown and Port Elizabeth as well as at the East London Museum. Her presentation was on a home-made filtration system that is based on the soil profile, using rock, stones and sand. The only addition to the system was the activated charcoal which removes poisons from the water. The benefit of this home filtration system is ensuring that water is safe for drinking. 

KZN Museum frontline staff attended a two day Customer Relationship Management training course, facilitated by Victor Sibeko, CEO of the Public Relations Institute of South Africa. 


The KZN Museum is definitely the place to visit this end of term break. The Museum has ensured two weeks of fun activities to make sure no one will be bored during the holiday! From the 18 - 22 March the Museum will be hosting a free Book Swap from 10am - 2pm each day. In celebration of Library Week the public is invited to visit the Museum and pick up a book or two, completely free of charge. You can also drop off any unwanted books to the Museum before or during the event. All books, in good condition, will be accepted. 

Samukelisiwe Ngubane, Information Officer at the KwaZulu-Natal Museum is busy trying out the different crafts in readiness for the March Holiday Programme. The programme will run from the 25 - 29 March from 9am - 11am each day. The cost is R 25 per day and the activities are suitable for young children between the ages of 5 - 13 years. Activities include fun interactive sessions about bees and mosquitos, including craft activities, learn about flightless birds and make a chicken pom pom, Easter craft activities and rock art painting. Booking is essential as space is limited. Call Nozipho Mathonsi on 033-3451404 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to make your booking.

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.