The KwaZulu – Natal Museum’s Education Department plays a pioneering role in museum education in Southern Africa. The Department focuses on school curriculum enrichment and museum related environmental education, community outreach projects and community development.
A wide range of curriculum enrichment lectures/talks are available for all grades. Lectures make use of specimens and exhibits and the talks are also enriched by the use of notes and worksheets. Lectures can be designed to suit the educator’s/ school’s need.
Tours are offered for schools groups, university students and members of the public. To qualify for a tour you need to be a minimum of 10 in a group. A group can book for a guided tour or self guided tour.
Educators are encouraged to book at least a month in advance, especially if the visit will include a lecture to enable the museum to prepare worksheets and answer sheets well in advance. Worksheets can be reproduced by the school. Schools wishing to visit the museum are encouraged to book in advance or risk not being able to visit their preferred gallery as they might already be in use.
Normal charges are R2 .50 per child and R 10 per adult. There is a reduced charge for educational groups of R 1.50. One adult for every twenty learners is Free and extra adults thereafter are charged at the normal rate of R 10 per adult.
The outreach programme is designed to take educational museum resources to communities that are unable to visit the kwaZulu- Natal museum. The programme focuses on CAPS aligned activities in different subjects. It also strives to educate the learners and communities about best practices to promote sustainable living within communities.