KwaZulu-Natal Museum ranks among the top National Museums in South Africa’s, a cultural and natural history museum renowned for its unique collections – there are eight natural history and around ten cultural history galleries that include an array of mammals (together with the last wild elephant in KwaZulu-Natal), birds, amphibians, insects, an extensive mollusc collection (there are few South African land snails that are not represented in the Natal Museum) and a life-size T-Rex model.


There is also a room dedicated to KwaZulu-Natal history, geological and Paleontological material, and a reconstruction of a Victorian street set in the late 1800’s, complete with shops, stable and period homes. Take a walk through a life size recreation of a Drakensberg cave with rock art drawings or a walk on the wooden deck of a wrecked trading vessel in our Towns and Trade Exhibition. What makes the KwaZulu-Natal Museum particularly interesting is the array of interesting temporary exhibitions that give the museum a definite dynamic advantage.


Temporary exhibitions and happenings have included an exploration of the history of segregation in the US, xenophobic violence, children’s art exhibition. The Museum officially opened an exciting exhibition on the Soccer World Cup, in May 2010. The 150th anniversary of the arrival of Indian people to South Africa was celebrated in November 2010, with the launch of a new permanent exhibition showcasing the Indian community of Pietermaritzburg. The KwaZulu-Natal Museum is also very popular with the schools and family visitors alike. The museum boasts an internet café with an impressive 16 computers, resource library for learners and film room.

237 Jabu Ndlovu Street, Pietermaritzburg



Monday to Friday – 8:15 to 16:30

Saturdays – 9:00 to 16:00

Sundays – 10:00 to 15:00



New Year’s Day – 1st January

Good Friday

Christmas Day – 25th December

Day of Goodwill – 26th December

Wheelchair Access: A ramp entrance, lifts and special toilet facilities are available. Ask at reception for assistance.

Educational Programmes: Guided tours, lectures, videos, etc are available by arrangement. See the Education Department Page for more information and booking details.

Lecture Theatres: Two lecture theatres are available for cultural, scientific and educational pursuits. Lectures and illustrated talks are given by Museum Staff.

Information Services: Our research library and scientific staff are available for additional information.

A visit to the KwaZulu-Natal Museum is a great way to spend the day, start your journey now!