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...

Gallery Tours and Talks

Ghilraen Laue, a curator from our Human Sciences department on a tour with a group of learners on San Hunter Gatherers. For a full list of lectures, tours and presentations, as it aligns to CAPS, please email info@nmsa.org.za and we will gladly send you the information to make your next booking. You can also call the Museum on 033-3451404 to make your school booking.

Department of Natural Science

The Department of Natural Science is one of two research departments within the museum, housing specimens dating back to 1879...

Department of Natural Science

"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.

The year 2019 was formally designated as international "Year of the Fly" at the 9th International Congress of Dipterology in Windhoek, Namibia in November 2018. 2019 is intended as a celebration of flies and their role in nature and human society. During the year the intention is to educate the general public about the diversity, significance and beauty of flies and how they affect our lives.

Education Department

The Department focuses on school curriculum enrichment and museum related environmental education, community outreach projects and community development...

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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+27 33 345 1404

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info@nmsa.org.za

Our Departments

Natural Sciences

Human Sciences

Education

Library

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Entrance Charges

Adults

R10.00

(Over 17 years)

Children

R2.50

(4-17 years)

School Learners

R1.50

(on tour) per child

Pensioners & toddlers

FREE

Internet Cafe

Adults

R10.00

per hour

Learners

R5.00

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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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/. 

The KZN Museum education staff recently attended a Subject Advisor meeting held in Pinetown and presented about the Museum's educational programmes as it aligns to the school curriculum. Chief Education Cfficer Dumisani Jali, accompanied by Sakhile Maphumulo (Senior Education Officer) attended, among others, a History Educator Orientation workshop at the Hammarsdale Circuit which was supported by about 20 history educators. They presented on the concept called “A Day at the Museum”, which was warmly received by the teachers present. A teacher, who attended the pilot project in 2018, gave a very positive testimony of how she and her learners were assisted through the programme. The subject advisor quickly pointed out that the school’s history results improved due to the programme, which was most encouraging. All schools were encouraged to visit the KwaZulu Natal Museum to get assistance. The concept of the day at the Museum allows for a school to make a booking to visit the Museum, which would allow learners to spend the day at the Museum. Their day will be spent learning about grade specific content through the medium of lectures, tour of the galleries, watching relevant videos on the topics in question. For further information on the Museum's educational programmes please email Dumisani Jali This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call him on 033-3410533.

2019 was formally designated as International Year of the Fly at the 9th International Congress of Dipterology which was held in in Windhoek, Namibia at the end of 2018. This is the year to celebrate flies and their role in nature and human society. During the year we plan on showing you the diversity, significance and beauty of flies and how they affect our lives.