A Never ending Journey of Discovery
The KwaZulu-Natal Museum has an internet café with computers, a resource library, and a film room. This makes it the ideal place for a school outing or for learners and researchers to spend some time delving into the fascinating world of information available. Situated in a beautiful building that dates back to 1905, the KwaZulu-Natal Museum remains one of South Africa’s top national museums, and is a treasure trove of delights for the young and not-so-young visitors alike. It is just south of the City Hall of Pietermaritzburg.
Today, this museum is dedicated to exploring and celebrating the cultural, historical and natural wonders of South Africa and the world. Its exhibitions include impressive displays of insects, mammals, amphibians, birds and molluscs. There is a well-preserved remnant of the last wild elephant in the province, and a life-size model of a Tyrannosaurus rex.
More than this, there are exhibitions of geological and paleontological finds, reconstructions of authentic Victorian scenes, recreations of ancient cave art, and the last remaining vestiges of a shipwreck, where visitors can step onto the wooden deck and be transported back in time. There are also fantastic sections celebrating the Soccer World Cup of 2010, and the 150th anniversary of the arrival of Indian folk in South Africa.
The dynamic temporary displays keep things particularly interesting because visitors get to enjoy something new and exciting almost every time they visit.
There are ramps, lifts and toilet facilities for visitors making use of a wheelchair. Other facilities include two lecture halls and knowledgeable staff members that can assist in the research library. Guided tours are a fantastic way to get the most out of the exhibitions and can be arranged in advance.
There is always something new to see at this Museum.
The Museum is also open 7 days a week including most public holidays.
The museum offers very reasonable entrance fees.
COST: R15 for adults, R5 for kids, R2.50 for school learners on tour. Toddlers and pensioners are free.