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Behind the Wire is a new temporary exhibition at the KwaZulu-Natal Museum. The display explores civilian internment in the British Empire from 1914 – 1919, the duration of World War 1. South Africa’s internment camp was based at Pietermaritzburg’s own Fort Napier Hospital, where over 2500 ‘enemy alien’ nationals from all over the Union of South Africa, as well as prisoners of war from German South-West Africa (now Namibia) were kept behind the wire. The KZN Museum have added panels to this display by exploring South Africa’s involvement in WW1, highlighting South Africa’s campaign in German South-West Africa, the Battle of Delville Wood, the SS Mendi, and the traces of WW1 that remain in Pietermaritzburg. On display are the Museum’s own WW1 collections in a unique and informative display. You will find the original items crafted by the German internees, evidence of the changing roles of women in society, as well as various items from the front lines. The Exhibition will be on display at the KZN Museum for a year.

Phone lines will be down this weekend

Due to technical issues the Museum reception lines will be down this Saturday and Sunday (7 & 8 Sep). We do apologise for any inconvenience caused.

New temporary entrance to the Museum

The KZN Museum is currently using a new entrance into the Museum due to renovations taking place in the reception area. The public is kindly asked to ...

A celebration of Success!

It is said that the best way to multiply your happiness is to share it with others. We are always very happy at the KZN Museum when members of our tea...

Behind the Wire - a new temporary exhibition

Behind the Wire is a new temporary exhibition at the KwaZulu-Natal Museum. The display explores civilian internment in the British Empire from 1914 – ...

National Science Week 2019

National Science week has kicked off at the KZN Museum with a jam-packed week of activities both in the Museum and at various other locations. The Mus...

Spekboom - a proudly South African Wonder Plant

?? COLLECT YOUR FREE PLANT ?? from the KZN Museum during 29 July - 3 August during National Science Week! 'Portulacaria afra' otherwise known as Spekb...

National Science Week 2019

The KZN Museum is excited to be once again hosting National Science Week from the 29 July – 3 August this year. NSW is an initiative under the Depar...

Early closure today

Please take note that the Museum will be closing it's doors at 2pm this afternoon, 19 July for some maintenance work. We will open for the weekend as ...

Congratulations Dr Laue

The KZN Museum Council, Management and staff offer their heartiest congratulations to Dr Ghilraen Laue on obtaining her PhD! Ghilraen is a Curator in ...

Successful Night at the Museum

The Museum hosted another very successful Night at the Museum during the June school vacation. The Museum was packed with 1000 visitors who enjoyed al...

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