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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Entrance Charges



(Over 17 years)



(4-17 years)

School Learners


(on tour) per child

Pensioners & toddlers


Internet Cafe



per hour



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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25 Grade 12 learners from Copesville Secondary School visited the Museum recently for the "Day at the Museum" programme, with a specific focus on history. The programme is facilitated by the Museum's Chief Education Officer: In-House, Dumisani Jali and includes a comprehensive lecture, tour of the relevant galleries as it applies to the topic, watching relevant DVD's as well as interaction with learners and educators as it relates to the topic.

Feedback from Copesville Secondary School:
I would like to thank you and the whole team for opening the doors for the schools especially Grade 12, the warm welcome we receive as Copesville Secondary from our entrance to registration was awesome and amazing let alone the information on the topic and our tour around was so splendid indeed, we enjoyed everything about the museum and it equipped and open the minds of the learners knowing that KwaZulu-Natal Museum has so much to offer.

As for my learners it was very interesting and fun to be able to see how much information and how they can can use the museum to benefit from their own and families, more powerful than anything else especially how you unpack and delivered the topic information it uplifted their confidence and strength to make 2019 their year of well in their studies more especially History What a day What a place What a moment???
Thank you indeed
God bless
Zanele Magwaza Zondi




The KZN Museum is participating in a collaborative Enviro Reach event at a Traditional Healers Forum in Ndwedwe this month. The partners include DARD, EDTEA and the KZN Museum. Marsha Kalika, Chief Education Officer: Outreach - KZN Museum, will focus on creating sustainable clean electricity utilising vegetables and the topic “Filtration is Purification” will be discussed and demonstrated. In addition the Museum will be facilitating the distribution of Natural Science and Life Science as well as Maths Lit books, sponsored by Mr Greg Gopal from the Exam fever. Ms Kalika will also do a presentation of electricity generation using apples, lemons, potatoes, tomatoes, onions and coke. This will stimulate excitement and provide alternative options available for energy production. The launch event for this outreach initiative will be held on the 25 March at the Nodwengu Traditional Council in Ndwedwe.

After many years the KZN Museum has decided to increase certain prices, including entrance fees. The entry fees which are considered a real bargain for most people who visit the Museum, will now be increased to R 15 for adults and R 5 for children. Pensioners are children under 4 years of age will enjoy visiting the Museum at no cost. School entrance charges have been increased to R 2.50 per learner. One educator per 20 learners will be free while additional educators will be charged R 15 per educator. The tickets to use the internet at the Learners Resource Centre have also increased to R 15 for adults, per hour and R 10 for students (with a valid and current student card), per hour. The Learners Resource Centre also offers photocopying at R0.50 per page and other basic services like scanning and faxing as well. The new prices will be effective as of the 1 April 2019.

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.