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The Exhibitions department regularly measures temperatures, light and relative humidity in the galleries to provide a representation of the environmental conditions. Pietermaritzburg has a warm temperature climate and average temperatures for the safety of artefacts and for the comfort of staff and visitors should range from 18'c-24'c, with a relative humidity of 45%-65%.  

Pictured is Museum Exhibitions Officer, Heather Pattenden measuring the conditions in the Marine Gallery.
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Opening Times

Monday to Friday - 9:00 to 15:30 
Saturdays - Closed 
Sundays - Closed

ENTRANCE CHARGES

Adults (over 17 years) : R15.00

Children (4-17 years) : R 5.00 

School Learners on tour : R 2.50 per child

Pensioners & toddlers : FREE