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There are more than 100 earthworm species living in the soil and dead wood of our
KZN Province. Most of them live exclusively in small regions in the province,
which makes them extremely vulnerable. Let's find out more, through a paper
published by our very own earthworm specialist, Thembeka Nxele. 

African Invertebrates

Africa Day Celebrations 2017

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Msunduzi Museum in partnership with the KwaZulu-Natal Museum, hosted a colourful
celebration. The Acting Director General, of the Department of Arts and C
ulture, Mr Vusithemba
Ndima, explained that as we celebrate Africa month, we must also remember heroes such as
OR Tambo and the contributions he made. He emphasised that each one of us must try to build
a better Africa and a better world. Dr Ekwealor, President of the Nigerian Union in South Africa,
urged everyone to truly unite as Africans. The audience enjoyed entertainment which included
a dance by a group of ladies from Ethiopia. There were also a variety of stalls with local arts and crafts.

International Museum Day 2017

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Africa Month Celebrations

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5th Annual Happy Earth Festival

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The KZN Museum was proud to be part of the 5th Annual Happy Earth Festival held at the KZN Botanical
Gardens in April this year, reaching over 1600 learners from all over Pietermaritzburg at the two day festival!

Easter Holiday Times

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We're open on the 15, 16 and 17th of April - bring the whole family in for a visit
during the Easter weekend!

Coming soon!

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Museums have a reputation of being static, right? Well, not at the KZN Museum -
where there is always something new to see! The KZN Museum, in partnership
with the 
Msunduzi and Ncome Museums, have planned a whole month of
activities to commemorate Africa Month this May. This is a sneak preview of the
Africa month exhibition that will be up at the KZN Museum in May!

New Signage

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Our new signage is finally up, making it easier
to find us now. Be sure to visit us soon!

Human Rights Day

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The Human Rights Day commemoration at the KZN Museum was held on the 23 March. The 
guest speakers were Mr Ayanda Nene, Advocacy and Research Officer at South African Human 
Rights Commission and Mrs Nomagugu Ngubane, an attorney at Lawyers for Human Rights 
Durban law clinic. Both speakers were very insightful and had the learners at the edge of their 
seats, asking many very intelligent questions. Learners from Russell High School, Sobantu 
Secondary School and Nsikayethu Secondary School all gave the most commendable 
performances on "Human Rights issues" in the form of poetry, drama and orations.

Gallery Upgrade

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The display window in the haberdashery shop in the Settler History Gallery, fondly known
as Mrs Pepworth's, was refreshed after a long time. The previous display lasted over 40
years and the new items added are a welcome change. This shop belonged to 
Mrs H.
Pepworth, who started her business in the early 1850’s in Pietermaritzburg.

Win R 25 000 for your school!

MPC poster

Democracy Exhibition

Who ever said that Museums are boring? We always have something new for you to see! Announcing the new Democracy Exhibition. We're excited at the KZN Museum to be gearing up to open a brand new display entitled "Democracy" celebrating the awesomeness of our beautiful country and the achievements over the last 20 years years. The official opening is in a week and after that you are all invited to come and see! Follow us on facebook for more current updates. 


Museum operating hours over the Easter Weekend:

Thursday, 17th April: Museum closes at 13:00 

Friday, 18th April: Museum closed Saturday

19th April: Museum open Sunday

20th April: Museum closed 

Monday, 21st April: Museum open

Storytelling and Book Celebration Festival


The Gcinamasiko Art & Heritage Trust and the KwaZulu-Natal Museum will be hosting a Storytelling & Book Celebration Festival on the 16 April 2014, at the KwaZulu-Natal Museum.  Dr Gcina Mhlophe is the Executive Director of the Gcinamasiko Art & Heritage Trust. She is an activist, actor, storyteller, poet, playwright, director and author and will be performing at the festival. The key note speaker is Duzi Canoe Marathon champion, Mr Sibonelo Zondi, who will share the story of his amazing journey. Other speakers include Sanelisiwe Ntuli, a talented young storyteller from Mpumalanga Township, Gogo Mabhengu, multi-instrumentalist from Eshowe and Zenzele Mvelase from Ladysmith, who will share poetry and stories. This event will also serve as the official launch the BRAILLE Edition of the children’s book, STORIES OF AFRICA, translated into braille by BIBLIONEF South Africa, published by University of KZN Press. There will be two sessions, 9:00-11:00 for primary schools and 12:00–2:00 for high schools. Participating schools may do a presentation of a poetry, drama, music etc. and will also receive book donations. There is no entry fee. Schools interested in participating in the festival may contact Sylvia Ndlovu of the KZN Museum on 033-3410533 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information.



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