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


Drop us an email

Our Departments

Natural Sciences

Human Sciences




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Entrance Charges



(Over 17 years)



(4-17 years)

School Learners


(on tour) per child

Pensioners & toddlers


Internet Cafe



per hour



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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After many years the KZN Museum has decided to increase certain prices, including entrance fees. The entry fees which are considered a real bargain for most people who visit the Museum, will now be increased to R 15 for adults and R 5 for children. Pensioners are children under 4 years of age will enjoy visiting the Museum at no cost. School entrance charges have been increased to R 2.50 per learner. One educator per 20 learners will be free while additional educators will be charged R 15 per educator. The tickets to use the internet at the Learners Resource Centre have also increased to R 15 for adults, per hour and R 10 for students (with a valid and current student card), per hour. The Learners Resource Centre also offers photocopying at R0.50 per page and other basic services like scanning and faxing as well. The new prices will be effective as of the 1 April 2019.

Marsha Kalika, Chief Education Officer: Outreach from the KZN Museum, has once again scooped an award at the annual Scifest 2019 which was held in Grahamstown last week. She received the award for “Best Workshop: Outreach” after presenting her workshop on Filtration is Purification. The theme this year was “Discover your Element” and Ms Kalika presented to high schools in Grahamstown and Port Elizabeth as well as at the East London Museum. Her presentation was on a home-made filtration system that is based on the soil profile, using rock, stones and sand. The only addition to the system was the activated charcoal which removes poisons from the water. The benefit of this home filtration system is ensuring that water is safe for drinking. 

KZN Museum frontline staff attended a two day Customer Relationship Management training course, facilitated by Victor Sibeko, CEO of the Public Relations Institute of South Africa. 


The KZN Museum is definitely the place to visit this end of term break. The Museum has ensured two weeks of fun activities to make sure no one will be bored during the holiday! From the 18 - 22 March the Museum will be hosting a free Book Swap from 10am - 2pm each day. In celebration of Library Week the public is invited to visit the Museum and pick up a book or two, completely free of charge. You can also drop off any unwanted books to the Museum before or during the event. All books, in good condition, will be accepted. 

Samukelisiwe Ngubane, Information Officer at the KwaZulu-Natal Museum is busy trying out the different crafts in readiness for the March Holiday Programme. The programme will run from the 25 - 29 March from 9am - 11am each day. The cost is R 25 per day and the activities are suitable for young children between the ages of 5 - 13 years. Activities include fun interactive sessions about bees and mosquitos, including craft activities, learn about flightless birds and make a chicken pom pom, Easter craft activities and rock art painting. Booking is essential as space is limited. Call Nozipho Mathonsi on 033-3451404 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to make your booking.