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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The KZN Museum’s education staff will be visiting the Cradle of Humankind this week with a view to improving their understanding of the topic of Evolution. They will be visiting the Education Centre at Maropeng as well as the Sterkfontein Caves.

The Cradle of Humankind is an area in South Africa where many fossils, tools, and other traces of early humans have been found. These traces provide valuable information about human evolution. The region is called the Cradle of Humankind. Maropeng, which is a Setswana word meaning 'returning to the place of our origins', takes visitors on a fun and informative journey of discovery using spectacular methods to tell stories of the evolution of life and the origins of humankind. Some of the earliest ancestors of modern humans were born there.

The KZN Museum is a natural and cultural history museum that offers a wide variety of talks, lectures, and tours that aligns with the school curriculum. Human evolution features in the grade 12 syllabus.

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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.

Opening Times

Monday to Friday - 8:15 to 16:30 
Saturdays - 9:00 to 16:00 
Sundays - 10:00 to 15:00

ENTRANCE CHARGES

Adults (over 17 years) : R10.00

Children (4-17 years) : R 2.50 

School Learners on tour : R 1.50 per child

Pensioners & toddlers : FREE