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...

Department of Natural Science

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

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

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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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Make your bookings by calling 033-3451404 or send an email to Nozipho Mathonsi at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

KZN Museum Education Officer Akhona Lukhozi is attending the 21st SAASTEC Conference this week, at the Inkcubeko Youth & Science Centre, Thembalethu in George Western Cape. The theme for the conference is "Inclusiveness in Science and Technology Centres. Mr Lukhozi will be doing a poster presentation under the subtheme "Breaking Barriers to positive actions against climate change". He will be highlighting the amazing outreach and in-house programmes that the Museum manages, to educate the public on climate change solutions. The purpose of the conference is to share experiences and knowledge on the themes of the conference with other delegates from the SADC countries and the world networks. #21stAnnualSAASTECConference
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Staff from the Natural Science Department joined staff and students from the University of KwaZulu-Natal for a bioblitz of the Ubombo Mountain Reserve from 9 – 12 October. The purpose of these bioblitz trips is to get a group of specialists together to do surveys of the fauna and flora of particular reserves to provide a species list for that reserve. The information provided will be fed into management plans for the reserves. The KZN Museum's Entomology department was represented by Dr Kirstin Williams and Tricia Pillay who targeted flying insects. Dr Thembeka Nxele and Matabaro Ziganira were looking for earthworms and Dr Igor Muratov collected shells and snails. It was very dry and dusty but despite this, the entomology team caught about 1000 specimens – mostly flies and wasps. The earthworms were few and far between and the team only got 3 specimens. Snail shells were found in huge numbers and it turned out to be a very successful trip for Dr Muratov. All the specimens we collected will be added to the museum collections.