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Human Sciences Curator awarded Thuthuka Funding

Dr Ghilraen Laue, curator in the Human Sciences Department, has been awarded the sought-after Thuthuka research grant from the National Research Foundation. The grant of approximately R100,000 will allow Dr Laue to continue her research on the rock art of the Groot Winterhoek Mountains and the neighbouring Elandsberge, near Port Elizabeth. Dr Laue received her PhD in 2019 for her research on the rock art of this area. The grant will also allow Dr Laue to develop and implement educational and outreach programmes for the area.

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365 Campaign Against Gender Based Violence

365 Campaign Against Gender Based Violence As part of the KZN Museum's ongoing pledge to create awareness on the issue of GENDER-BASED VIOL...

Dismantling the Sisonke Gallery

Dismantling the Sisonke Gallery On 17 February 2020, Justine Wintjes, Mudzunga Munzhedzi and Dimakatso Tlhoaele from the Department of Human Scienc...

Human Sciences Curator awarded Thuthuka Funding

Human Sciences Curator awarded Thuthuka Funding Dr Ghilraen Laue, curator in the Human Sciences Department, has been awarded the sought-after Thuthuk...

Human Rights Day

Chasing Hover Flies

Chasing Hover Flies   In March, John Midgley and Kirstin Williams from the Natural Science Department went on a field trip to the Umtamvuna Nature...

KZN Museum make their own hand sanitiser

Here at the KZN Museum we have taken matters into our own hands, literally, in response to the #covid19 outbreak. Chief Outreach Education Officer M...

KZN Museum Annual Book Swap

KZN Museum Annual Book Swap, 17 - 19 March. Pick up a book of your choice at no cost, and maybe even leave something behind that you are no longer r...

March 2020 Holiday Programme

Fun activities this school holiday at the KZN Museum. Suitable for ages 6 - 13 years. Activities are R 25 per day, from 9am - 11am. Booking is essen...

Join us for a site visit to Sibhudu Shelter near Maidstone: Sunday 15th March 2020 Our second event of the archaeological year is a visit to Sibhud...

Earthworm research and society

Earthworm research and society Earthworm research is improving; we are now extending our tentacles and conducting research that benefits the societ...

Donate your unwanted Books to the Museum

The public is invited to drop off any unwanted books that are in good condition to the Museum. We will accept all books - fiction, non-fiction, acad...

Refreshing the Victorian Period Rooms

Refreshing the Victorian Period Rooms   Recent visitors to the Museum may have noticed real people in the Victorian period room displays supplemen...

New Encyclopaedia Entry by Dr Ghilraen Laue

New Encyclopaedia Entry by Dr Ghilraen Laue The second edition of the Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology, edited by Claire Smith, is in the process o...

Volunteer wins prestigious bursary

Volunteer wins prestigious bursary Congratulations to Angela Ferreira, a volunteer in the Department of Human Sciences during 2019, on receiving the ...

KZN Museum Internet Cafe

Looking for somewhere to get your research done, work on an assignment or even email a job application - pop into the KZN Museum internet cafe. Only R...

World Read Aloud Day

The KZN Museum's Education Department outreach team visited Dindi Primary School (Elandskop) recently for World Read Aloud Day.  The aim of the visit ...

Museum Outreach: In-House Programmes

The KZN Museum's education team have embarked on various educational in house and outreach projects for the year. For the In-House programme the Museu...

Museum Outreach: Enviro Reach

The KZN Museum's education team has embarked on various educational in house and outreach projects for the year. Of particular interest at this time o...

Donate your unwanted Books to the Museum

In celebration of National Library Week the KZN Museum is going to host a book swap in March. The public is invited to drop off any unwanted books tha...

Cooked Starchy Rhizomes in Africa 170 000 years ago

Talk by Chrissie Sievers on Saturday, February 15th at 10:30 am at the KwaZulu-Natal Museum, 237 Jabu Ndlovu Street, Pietermaritzburg Chrissie Siev...

Fascinating mollusc declared endangered

One of the most interesting marine molluscs in our collection consists of two paratypes of Chrysomallon squamiferum, which is a species belonging to t...

Publication of New Edited Volume

Dr Gavin Whitelaw, Chief Curator in the Human Sciences Department, is a co-editor of a book on cognitive archaeology published by Routledge in early...

The latest volume of SA Humanities interdisciplinary journal, produced by the KwaZulu-Natal Museum, is now available online. Access to the online and ...

A Trip to the Archives

In December 2019, Dr Geoff Blundell and Troy Meyers visited Cape Town to undertake research in the National Archives Repository on the Khoisan peoples...

Visit to uMgungundlovu

In November 2019, researchers in the KZNM Department of Human Sciences organized a visit to uMgungundlovu, the site of Dingane’s capital between 1828 ...

Field trip to the Quthing district of Lesotho

In November 2019, Justine Wintjes organized a field trip to the town of Moyeni in the Quthing district of Lesotho, with the participation of Ghilraen ...

South Africa is covered in stunning rock art. Most of this art was made by Khoisan communities and it includes engravings found on the boulders in the...

It is the job of every museum to grow its collections. In 2019, the KZN Museum purchased an important collection of items collected among the BaTonga ...

Mudzunga Munzhedzi, Dimakatso Tlhoaele and Thembeka Nxele from the Museum's Human and Natural Science departments attended a workshop that was held at...

Collecting trip in South Africa

Entomology has a long history in South Africa, and while old specimens give insight into many historical patterns, they are not particularly useful fo...

Finding treasures in the Palaeontology collection

The KZN Museum Natural Science Department recently hosted Dr Christian Kammerer, Curator of Palaeontology at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Scie...

Annual Intervention into Human Sciences Collections

With over 40,000 items in the Human Sciences’ collections, it is not always possible to practice preventative conservation on each item regularly. Onc...

16 Days of Activism Campaign for NO violence

The KwaZulu-Natal Museum will be commemorating 16 Days of Activism Campaign for NO violence against women and children. This global campaign aims to r...

Talk to Community at Wentworth, Durban

On Saturday 16 November 2019, Dr Geoff Blundell presented preliminary results of historical research on the Lochenberg family to descendants of the Lo...

Learning about Evolution

The KZN Museum’s education staff will be visiting the Cradle of Humankind this week with a view to improving their understanding of the topic of Evolu...

21st SAASTEC Conference

KZN Museum Education Officer Akhona Lukhozi is attending the 21st SAASTEC Conference this week, at the Inkcubeko Youth & Science Centre, Thembalethu...

The biennial SAMA conference was held at the Msunduzi Museum in Pietermaritzburg from 21 to 24 October, 2019. The conference topic this year was: The ...

The KZN Museum hosted a roundtable discussion on issues surrounding human remains housed in South African Museums and how best to deal with repatriati...

Ubombo Mountain Reserve Bioblitz      

Staff from the Natural Science Department joined staff and students from the University of KwaZulu-Natal for a bioblitz of the Ubombo Mountain Reserve...

Archaeological Society talk at the Museum

Revisiting the Goodall archive: rock art as a site of enchantmentJustine Wintjes and Laura de HardeElizabeth Goodall née Elisabeth Mannsfeld (1891–197...

Sabalala Nolwazi after school programme

The KZN Museum recently hosted their Sabalala Programme year end functions. The closing functions are held annually to reward the learners who partici...

Wellness Day

The KwaZulu-Natal Museum hosted its annual Wellness Day today. The purpose of this event was to highlight the importance of wellness and good health a...

International Symposium on Syrphidae

Dr John Midgley recently represented the KZN Museum Department of Natural Sciences at the 10th International Symposium on Syrphidae in Lesvos, Greece....

Heritage Day at the Museum 2019

Heritage Day is one of the most important special days celebrated by the KZN Museum annually. The day is commemorated in various ways; guided by theme...

Robben Island Spring School

Our Museum team along with the 5 lucky learners who won the trip to the Robben Island Spring School have left for Cape Town this morning. There was gr...

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 ...

New display for Heritage Day

There is always something new to see at the KZN Museum - it's something that we pride ourselves on. This year for Heritage Day we have set up a tempor...

Visiting professor at the Museum

Stefan Manz, Professor of German and Global History and Head of Languages and Translation Studies at School of Languages and Social Sciences at Aston ...

Phone lines will be down this weekend

Due to technical issues the Museum reception lines will be down this Saturday and Sunday (7 & 8 Sep). We do apologise for any inconvenience caused.

New temporary entrance to the Museum

The KZN Museum is currently using a new entrance into the Museum due to renovations taking place in the reception area. The public is kindly asked to ...

A celebration of Success!

It is said that the best way to multiply your happiness is to share it with others. We are always very happy at the KZN Museum when members of our tea...

Behind the Wire - a new temporary exhibition

Behind the Wire is a new temporary exhibition at the KwaZulu-Natal Museum. The display explores civilian internment in the British Empire from 1914 – ...

Collections Assessment Study

In July, 2019, Claire Dean of Dean & Associates visited KZNM and conducted a needs assessment of the collections within both the Natural (DNS) and the...

The Association of Southern African Professional Archaeologists hosted its biennial conference in Kimberley in July 2019. The conference was held at t...

National Science Week 2019

National Science week has kicked off at the KZN Museum with a jam-packed week of activities both in the Museum and at various other locations. The Mus...

Spekboom - a proudly South African Wonder Plant

?? COLLECT YOUR FREE PLANT ?? from the KZN Museum during 29 July - 3 August during National Science Week! 'Portulacaria afra' otherwise known as Spekb...

National Science Week 2019

The KZN Museum is excited to be once again hosting National Science Week from the 29 July – 3 August this year. NSW is an initiative under the Depar...

Early closure today

Please take note that the Museum will be closing it's doors at 2pm this afternoon, 19 July for some maintenance work. We will open for the weekend as ...

Congratulations Dr Laue

The KZN Museum Council, Management and staff offer their heartiest congratulations to Dr Ghilraen Laue on obtaining her PhD! Ghilraen is a Curator in ...

Successful Night at the Museum

The Museum hosted another very successful Night at the Museum during the June school vacation. The Museum was packed with 1000 visitors who enjoyed al...

World Oceans Day

On the 13 June the KZN Museum participated in a collaborative enviro-outreach event by marking World Oceans Day. KZN Museum’s Chief Outreach Education...

NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: SOLD OUT!

NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: SOLD OUT!Tickets to the Winter Edition of the Night at the Museum are sold ou! thank you to everyone for the amazing support in s...

New Temporary Exhibition

A new temporary photo exhibition launches at the KZN Museum this weekend - on rural resistance and struggles for land in KwaZulu-Natal, hosted by the ...

Museum closed for fumigation

The Museum will be closing at 3pm today, 21 June, for fumigation of some of the collection rooms. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. We will b...

Youth Day

KZN Museum celebrated youth day on the 13th of June. Youth day is commemorated annually by the museum to highlight the events that happened on the 16t...

Visit the Museum this Father's Day

Father's day is the Sunday, bring dad and the whole family to the Museum for a visit. We are open all weekend including Monday from 9:00 - 4:00 pm. En...

Natural Science Collections Facility Forum

Members of the Natural Science Department attended the Natural Science Collections Facility Forum held at Goudini Spa from 28 – 31 May. The department...

Winter Holiday Programme

Fun activities for the kids this winter holiday at the KZN Museum. Suitable for ages 6 - 13 years. Activities are R 25 per day, from 9am - 11am.  18 ...

Africa Day

KZN Museum celebrated Africa Day at the Museum on the 31 May at a joyous and colourful celebration of diversity. The learners came dressed up in tradi...

Night at the Museum

Tickets for the winter edition of the KZN Museum "Night at the Museum" is now on sale for the event which is set for the 28 June from 6:00 - 8:00pm. W...

Biodiversity Day

The KZN Museum celebrated Biodiversity Day on the 22nd of May 2019.  The Theme was “Connecting to our biodiversity, our food, our health”. 7 schools p...

South African Rock Art: A brief introduction

There will be a talk  "South African Rock Art: A brief introduction" by Jeremy Hollmann at the KZN Museum on on Saturday, June 15th at 10:30 am.   Ab...

Archaeology Outreach Activities

In April, Ghilraen Laue (Human Sciences Department) and Samukelisiwe Ngubane (Education Department) visited St Martin’s Pre-primary in Durban to educa...

International Museum Day

The KZN Museum marked International Museum Day by setting up a stand at the Liberty Midlands Mall. The public were treated to many give-aways includin...

International Museum Day

FREE ENTRY - All Day This Saturday the 18th of May 2019.Did you know that this Saturday is International Museum Day? To celebrate this, we are offerin...

Easter Weekend Hours

Please take note of the hours of operation for the KZN Museum during this Easter Weekend. Wishing all those who celebrate, a very Happy Easter!

Dept. of Human Science Community Outreach

On the 6th of March the Human Science department visited Sheshisamsamo Primary School in Muden, Ntshekane (KZN). The archaeology team presented a talk...

Day at the Museum Programme

25 Grade 12 learners from Copesville Secondary School visited the Museum recently for the "Day at the Museum" programme, with a specific focus on hist...

Enviro Reach for Traditional Healers

The KZN Museum is participating in a collaborative Enviro Reach event at a Traditional Healers Forum in Ndwedwe this month. The partners include DARD,...

Price increase effective 1st April 2019

After many years the KZN Museum has decided to increase certain prices, including entrance fees. The entry fees which are considered a real bargain fo...

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