Night at the Museum: Halloween Edition

Pop along to visit the KZN Museum at night - for Halloween! Suitable for the whole family! Reptile show, Magic Show, interactive dance demonstrations with Dance Warehouse, Halloween-themed games, mystery box game, Halloween photo-booth, food, coffee and popcorn on sale, face painting, balloons animals and much more.
Come dressed up in your Halloween costume! Bookings on Webtickets or at Pick n Pay only.

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

Opening Times

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


Get in touch

+27 33 345 1404


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Our Departments

Natural Sciences

Human Sciences




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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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There will be a talk  "South African Rock Art: A brief introduction" by Jeremy Hollmann at the KZN Museum on on Saturday, June 15th at 10:30 am.  

About the talk: A great deal of attention has been paid to the rock art made by the hunter-gatherer ancestors of the San. We appreciate their finely made, life like depictions of animals and people. We also understand something of the worldview of which rock art was part. But there exist two other distinct image-making practices in South Africa. They differ from the hunter-gatherer art in terms of geographic distribution, location of painted images in the landscape, the methods of applying the pigment, and the cultural practices associated with the images. In the dry western parts of South Africa and Namibia are painted and engraved schematic (geometric) motifs. At the same time, in parts of Limpopo Province, there are sites at which bold, white, finger-painted images of people and artefacts in proximity to the location at which initiation performances were held. The presentation will be a virtual tour of South Africa as we visit some of these places. We will see examples of these 'traditions' and touch on their social significance.

The KZN Museum marked International Museum Day by setting up a stand at the Liberty Midlands Mall. The public were treated to many give-aways including free entry tickets to the Museum. This was a great opportunity to interact with the public and find our what they love about this Museum. Incidently it is also the Year of the Fly. The Mall was gracious to allow the Museum to also put up a display on flies, for the week. #yearofthefly #diptera #IMD2019 #kznmuseum

In April, Ghilraen Laue (Human Sciences Department) and Samukelisiwe Ngubane (Education Department) visited St Martin’s Pre-primary in Durban to educate the learners about archaeology. The 144 pre-schoolers were given a lecture punctuated by fun activities where they learned the basics of archaeology and archaeological methods. This was followed by two interactive activities where the learners got to practice painting with natural pigments like the San and where they got to experience what it is like to take part in an archaeological excavation

FREE ENTRY - All Day This Saturday the 18th of May 2019.Did you know that this Saturday is International Museum Day? To celebrate this, we are offering the public free entry in to the Museum on Saturday. Bring the whole family for a visit. Otherwise come and visit the Museum stand outside the Pick n Pay Court at Liberty Midlands Mall this Sat or Sun and collect a free entry ticket!