Talana Museum and Heritage Park
Nestled at the base of Talana Hill the museum is set in a 20 acre heritage park.
The Zulu name “Talana” meaning “the shelf where precious items are stored” is a most appropriate name for this large and varied museum.
The museum comprises 23 buildings, dedicated to subjects as diverse as war and agriculture, mining, industry and domestic life.
We are situated just outside the town of Dundee, KwaZulu-Natal – South Africa, and are within short driving distances of some of the most famous battlefields in the country; Blood River, Rorkes Drift, Fugitives Drift, Isandlwana, Elandslaagte, Spioenkop, Colenso and the Siege of Ladysmith.
Open 7 days a week, 363 days a year, the museum takes about 1/2 a day for a quick visit. We close on Christmas and Boxing day.
Named after the hill at the base of which the museum is situated, “Talana” meaning “the shelf where precious items are stored” is a most appropriate name for this large and varied museum. Started in 1979 to commemorate the Anglo Zulu war, the small collection moved to the present site at the beginning of 1983. A 20 acre section of “Dundee” farm, bought in 1982, for the development of a museum to commemorate the centenary of Dundee, included the home and farmsteading of one of the founders of the town, the site of the first coal mining activity in this area and portion of the Talana battlefield.
Talana Museum boasts a comprehensive range of archival material relating to the town, region, coal mining and military conflicts in this area over the past two centuries. Researchers have access to these records. The Museum Shop offers a variety of quality, locally produced products to suit every requirement. An extensive selection of books relating to the military history of the region, locally made beadwork and baskets and a wide variety of other crafts , are among many items available.
Contact 034 218 2837 for more information.