KwaMuhle Museum

contact Steven/ Maypher
Tel: 031 311 2237
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venue 130 Ordnance Road Durban
time Mon to Sat: 8.30am-4pm
closed all pub hols incl xmas & ny
cost Entrance fee Free
age All ages

Apartheid era history museum offering day trips & educational tours

This building, once the headquarters of the Cities infamous Native Administration Department and the center of Durbanís harsh system of labor control has been transformed into a museum seeking to reflect Durbanís urban growth, and the history of its residents from a range of perspectives.

Visit the Kwa Muhle Museum and discover what life was like in and around Durban during and leading up to the apartheid era. Ponder over the exhibits which include photographic prints of township life, and reflect on the contributions of the ordinary people who laid the foundations of Ethekwiniís development as one of Africaís leading cities.

The museum houses many displays which document the Durban System, including an illuminating display which illustrates how the Municipality funded the system through a Municipal monopoly of brewing and selling sorghum beer. Another display showcases the Cato Manor riots, which resulted largely due to the monopoly. Other exhibitions featured in the museum include collections of large black and white prints which depict township life, a precise portrayal of the histories of black political trade union and cultural organizations and groupings, as well as representing various aspects of the municipality's role in Durban's history.

The primary intention of all the exhibits housed within the KwaMuhle Museum focuses on correcting the historical inaccuracies left by Apartheid, and to create a heritage and context for South Africa's new democracy that is both straightforward and honest.
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