Durban Natural Science Museum

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Tel: 031 311 2256, 031 311 2248
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venue 1st floor City Hall
Smith Street Durban
time Mon to Sat: 8.30am-3.45pm
Sun & Public Holidays: 11am-3.45pm
CLOSED on XMAS & Good Friday
OPEN new years day
cost Call for details

Museum displays and exhibits


The Durban Natural Science Museum is dedicated to the earth, it's history, it future, its life and the life forms that live and have lived on it. The worldly home of this historic earth collection is housed in a 2200mē interior of Durban City Hall which although historic in its own right, does not seem to get as much attention as the earth whose architecture dates back 4.5 billion years.

Founded in 1887 this museum is the most popular of its kind in Southern Africa with an average of 295 000 human mammals visiting annually. A visit presents an opportunity for a future bright spark to come face to face with a past Dodo and as well as a life-size reconstruction of the Tyrannosaurus-Rex dinosaur.

See stuffed insects, birds, fish, reptiles and explore the Hall of Earth Sciences Gallery. Meet Peter Amen an authentic Egyptian Mummy and journey back in time with innovative exhibitions informing on the origins of Africa. Fascinating visual displays contribute to the conservation of natural heritage. Spend some time letting research entertain you on this planet that was here before you and will leave long after you.

The most utilized natural science museum in the country, located in the Durban City Hall, the museum sees almost 300 000 visitors annually. Visit the boma storytelling area, see a life size reconstruction of a Tyrannosaurus Rex, various diorama exhibitions and plasma screens showing natural history scenery.

Tours are available for schools and the general public.
Children can see skeletons of extinct species, science and technology displays.
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