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

Thembinkosi Sithole, an information officer from our Education Department on a tour with a group of learners In the Freedom Gallery. For a full list of lectures, tours and presentations, as it aligns to CAPS, please click on the About Us menu.

Department of Natural Science

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

Year of the Fly

"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...

Holiday Hours

Thursday, 18th April: Closing at 12:00
Good Friday, 19th April: CLOSED
Sat, 20th April: 9:00 - 4:00 (open)
Sun, 21st April: 10:00 - 3:00 (open)
Mon, 22nd April: CLOSED

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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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

Please take note of the hours of operation for the KZN Museum during this Easter Weekend. Wishing all those who celebrate, a very Happy Easter!

On the 6th of March the Human Science department visited Sheshisamsamo Primary School in Muden, Ntshekane (KZN). The archaeology team presented a talk on Iron Age Archaeology, in particular - the Iron Age of Ntshekane. The main speakers were Dr Gavin Whitelaw and Mr Phumulani Madonda. Ntshekane is close to Greytown and is an Early Iron Age site. The site was first excavated by Professor Tim Maggs in 1973, and now Dr Whitelaw resumed with the work since 2014. The KZN Museum has since established a close relationship with the community of Ntshekane In 2018 the acting headman of the area Mr Mnchunu and some of the villagers including the principal of Sheshisamsamo Primary School, Mrs Myaka were invited by Dr G. Whitelaw to visit the KZN Museum. The talk was presented to grade 6 and 7 learners from the school and was well received by all. 

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