Night at the Museum
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!
Human Rights Day
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.
Museum Passport Competition 2017
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.
Recently the KZN Museum welcomed 50 Life Science educators for a day workshop on
Human Evolution. The poorly understood topic of evolution forms an important part of the
grade 10, 11 and 12 curriculums.
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.
Africa Day Celebrations 2017
Msunduzi Museum in partnership with the KwaZulu-Natal Museum, hosted a colourful
celebration. The Acting Director General, of the Department of Arts and Culture, 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
Africa Month Celebrations
5th Annual Happy Earth Festival
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
We're open on the 15, 16 and 17th of April - bring the whole family in for a visit
during the Easter weekend!
Our new signage is finally up, making it easier
to find us now. Be sure to visit us soon!