Visit one of PMB's fascinating museums

2012-01-18 00:00

IF you’re looking for something to do with the children, why not visit one of Pietermaritzburg’s museums. Whether you’re interested in natural history, South African history or Victoriana, you’re likely to find something of interest to see.

MSUNDUZI-VOORTREKKER MUSEUM

The Msunduzi-Voortrekker Museum in Langalibalele (Longmarket) Street has displays of Voortrekker history in the Church of the Vow, the Andries Pretorius House and the E. G. Jansen Extension, and a variety of cultural history exhibitions in the main building. Other attractions include a Hindu Shiva temple, a traditional Zulu home and a herb garden.

The museum is open from 8 am to 4 pm weekdays, and 9 am to 1 pm on Saturday. Inquiries: Sane Dhlamini or Riana Mulder at 033 394 6843/5.

THE KWAZULU-NATAL MUSEUM

The KwaZulu-Natal Museum in Jabu Ndlovu (Loop) Street is full of interesting things, from elephants and birds to Zulu pottery and San rock art. And with eight natural history and as many as 10 cultural-history galleries, a visit to the museum is a great way to spend a day.

The museum is open Monday to Friday from 9 am to 4.30 pm, Saturdays from 10 am to 4 pm and Sundays from 11 am to 3 pm. Inquiries: 033 345 1404.

PROJECT GATEWAY

Project Gateway in Burger Street is an official heritage site, and within the Old Prison walls is a national monument and a museum documenting some of South Africa’s diverse history.

Why not book a tour of the Old Prison and find out about the political prisoners that were held here, and see what is rumoured to be Mahatma Gandhi’s solitary-confinement cell. Inquiries: 033 8450 400.

MACRORIE HOUSE MUSEUM

The Macrorie House Museum in Jabu Ndlovu (Loop) Street contains a comprehensive collection of Victoriana housed in Bishop Macrorie’s original double-storey home.

Within the house is a miniature chapel (complete with ghosts), a doll’s house and much more.

The museum is open Tuesday to Friday from 9 am to 1 pm and Sundays from 11 am to 4 pm.

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