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Who ever said that Museums are boring? We always have something new for you to see! Announcing the new Democracy Exhibition. We're excited at the KZN Museum to be gearing up to open a brand new display entitled "Democracy" celebrating the awesomeness of our beautiful country and the achievements over the last 20 years years. The official opening is in a week and after that you are all invited to come and see! Follow us on facebook for more current updates.
Monuments in Pietermaritzburg
What’s in a Monument? Monuments of Pietermaritzburg is the title of this month's museum talk by Simon Haw on Saturday, 16 May 2015 @ 10h45 at the KwaZulu-Natal Museum, 237 Jabu Ndlovu Street, Pietermaritzburg. Tea will be served from 10h15- 10h30.
Museum Passport Competition
Hamba Kahle Madiba
How to get over the Load Shedding Blues
Power outages have become a way of life almost and some of us still struggle to cope during the outages. Mark Blomeyer and his team from Blomeyers Electrical will be enlightening the public with practical solutions on how to overcome the challenge of regular power outages. They will be on hand to answer all questions and queries you may have. This promises to be a very helpful interactive session. By the end of the talk you should be equipped with great ideas about what will work best for you in your own home or business during the frequent outages. Saturday, 21 March at 10am – entrance is free and there is plenty of on street parking available. Refreshments will be served. For any further questions or queries please contact Viranna Frank at the KZN Museum on 033-3451404.
Traditional Healer abuses Museum logo
An article from the Maritzburg Fever by NICOLE JOHN
STAFF at the KwaZulu-Natal Museum made a startling discovery early recently when one of them found a pamphlet for a traditional healer with exactly the same artwork as the entrance ticket used for visitors at the museum. Education Officer, Sakhile Maphumulo, found the pamphlet on the pavement while walking downtown. Noticing that the artwork, the artwork from the KwaZulu-Natal Museum entrance tickets, can clearly be seen in the copy cat pamphlet for a traditional healer, he brought it with him back to work to do some investigating. Sandile Miya, Deputy Director of the Museum, phoned the number advertised on the pamphlet and, after a few attempts, the man answered and denied knowing anything about the artwork. According to Miya, he blamed the printing company. Viranna Frank from the museum said that they engage with CPW Prints for the printing of their tickets and the company did not know anything about the copycat printer. “They are very reputable and would have brought this to our attention,” said Frank. Initially, the traditional healer gave an address in East Street to Miya, but when another staff member contacted him to make an appointment, he gave an address in Alexandra Road. Unsure of what to do, Frank contacted the Maritzburg Fever to make the public aware of this and the the KZN Museum have no association with this traditional healer.
Museum Passport Competition
2015 Museum Passport Competition
The popular annual Museum Passport Competition will be launched on Friday, 6 February 2015. Established in 2009, the competition invites learners to visit Museums and learn about culture, heritage and science in a fun way and win great prizes.
Storytelling and Book Celebration Festival
KZN Museum monthly talk will be on "The Great Detective and his Creator" by John Dean on Saturday, 15 November 2014 @ 10h45, at the Museum, 237 Jabu Ndlovu Street. Tea will be served before the talk and entry is free.
Easter Holiday activities
Night at the Museum and Holiday Programme
Sea slugging it out on the KwaZulu-Natal south coast
In early August, Linda Davis and Dai Herbert, from the KwaZulu-Natal Museum’s Malacology division, headed to Pennington and Scottburgh on the KwaZulu-Natal’s south coast – hunting sea slugs. Taking advantage of the full moon and the associated spring tides, they set about scrutinising the rock pools at low tide in search of sea slugs and their kin – often also called nudibranchs. This was all part of a larger, national, project the ‘Sea Slug Atlas’ project which aims to document the diversity and distribution of these creatures along the South African coast. Nudibranchs are amongst the most beautiful of all marine organisms, as shown by these photographs of some of the animals they encountered. One of the most interesting finds was a specimen of Baeolidia moebii, found by Linda Davis. This species was described in 1888 from Rodrigues Island (Mauritius), and it has not previously been recorded in South Africa – so a completely new one for the Sea Slug Atlas project. Certainly an achievement for the Museum and a memorable find for Linda Davis. Check out our Facebook page for more pictures. All pictures were taken by Dr D.G. Herbert.
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