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...

Gallery Tours and Talks

Thembinkosi Sithole, an information officer from our Education Department on a tour with a group of learners In the Freedom Gallery. For a full list of lectures, tours and presentations, as it aligns to CAPS, please click on the About Us menu.

Department of Natural Science

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

Year of the Fly

"Year of the Fly" is also an opportunity for fly specialists to showcase their research work and new discoveries in the field and make these more widely known.

The year 2019 was formally designated as international "Year of the Fly" at the 9th International Congress of Dipterology in Windhoek, Namibia in November 2018. 2019 is intended as a celebration of flies and their role in nature and human society. During the year the intention is to educate the general public about the diversity, significance and beauty of flies and how they affect our lives.

Education Department

The Department focuses on school curriculum enrichment and museum related environmental education, community outreach projects and community development...

Holiday Hours

Thursday, 18th April: Closing at 12:00
Good Friday, 19th April: CLOSED
Sat, 20th April: 9:00 - 4:00 (open)
Sun, 21st April: 10:00 - 3:00 (open)
Mon, 22nd April: CLOSED

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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Entrance Charges



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School Learners


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Pensioners & toddlers


Internet Cafe



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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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The KZN Museum is participating in a collaborative Enviro Reach event at a Traditional Healers Forum in Ndwedwe this month. The partners include DARD, EDTEA and the KZN Museum. Marsha Kalika, Chief Education Officer: Outreach - KZN Museum, will focus on creating sustainable clean electricity utilising vegetables and the topic “Filtration is Purification” will be discussed and demonstrated. In addition the Museum will be facilitating the distribution of Natural Science and Life Science as well as Maths Lit books, sponsored by Mr Greg Gopal from the Exam fever. Ms Kalika will also do a presentation of electricity generation using apples, lemons, potatoes, tomatoes, onions and coke. This will stimulate excitement and provide alternative options available for energy production. The launch event for this outreach initiative will be held on the 25 March at the Nodwengu Traditional Council in Ndwedwe.

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.