Human Rights Month commemorations kicked off at the KZN Museum with the "I am the flag campaign", an initiative that aims at nation-building and social cohesion through highlighting and informing the public about South Africa's national symbols.
The KZN Museum's Education Outreach team will drive the initiative by hosting and visiting various local and outer uMgungundlovu district schools, educating learners about South Africa's national symbols, the role they play in unifying South Africa as well as highlighting the history and significance of Human Rights Day, which is celebrated under the theme, "𝑻𝒉𝒆 𝒀𝒆𝒂𝒓 𝒐𝒇 𝑼𝒏𝒊𝒕𝒚 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝑹𝒆𝒏𝒆𝒘𝒂𝒍: 𝑷𝒓𝒐𝒕𝒆𝒄𝒕𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝑷𝒓𝒆𝒔𝒆𝒓𝒗𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝑯𝒖𝒎𝒂𝒏 𝑹𝒊𝒈𝒉𝒕𝒔 𝑮𝒂𝒊𝒏𝒔."
One might expect that agricultural crops such as sugarcane is solely a business of cane growers and research institutions in the agricultural sector. And when it comes to museums, animal specimens only are considered. Yes, that is correct! However, sugarcane does not grow in empty space, it grows in the soil; and that is where the KZN Museum comes in. The soil is the habitation of many invertebrates including earthworms. Earthworms play a critical role in the productiveness of the soil (sugarcane field in this case), and are very important indicators of the general health of the soil. Good healthy soil simply means healthy plants and thus good harvest for the farmers. Thanks to Dr Nxele and Mr Matabaro Ziganira both of the natural science department who have been mining ‘iminyundu’ earthworms in fields and raising awareness about them to small-scale cane growers in KZN Midlands. Of course lots can be said about sugarcane but what matter the most for the KZN Museum are the invertebrates, soil and plant interactions.
School holidays are just around the corner and the KZN Museum Holiday Programme couldn't have come any sooner!
We are bringing you another instalment of fun-filled educational activities suitable for kids aged 5 - 13 years. The holiday programme will run from the 29th of March to the 31st of March 2022, from 9 am - 11 am daily.
R30 per child per day. Booking is essential as space is limited. (N.B Payment confirms booking)
After a long period of being closed due to maintenance, we welcome back three of the KZN Museum's most popular attractions, the Sounds of Africa Gallery, Mapungubwe Gallery and the Portuguese Trade Gallery.
Here is what you can look forward to when visiting these galleries.
𝐒𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐝𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐀𝐟𝐫𝐢𝐜𝐚 𝐆𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐫𝐲:
Learn about a varied selection of African musical instruments and get to play a tune on the ever-popular Marimba set.
𝐏𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐮𝐠𝐮𝐞𝐬𝐞 𝐓𝐫𝐚𝐝𝐞 𝐆𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐫𝐲:
Travel back time and experience life on the ocean as a 16th-century trader as you walk onto the wooden deck of a wrecked trading ship.
Learn all about the ancient African Kingdom of Mapungubwe and its ascent to power during 1200 and 1290 AD.
KwaZulu-Natal Museum, a journey of never-ending discovery!