spots, the Phansi Museum, is located in Roberts House, a beautifully restored
Victorian historical monument in the leafy Durban suburb of Glenwood.
artist, writer and avid collector Paul Mikula in the basement of Roberts House
where he worked as an architect.
Roberts, one of South Africa’s pioneering female anthropologists. The
independent museum has since expanded to become one of the most spectacular
publicly accessible collections of traditional Southern African arts, crafts
and tribal artefacts in the world.
Museum is run and directed by Paul’s son, Max Mikula.
House in the 1990s before the museum began, gives a knowledgeable guided tour
explaining the artefacts and their origins.
cultures as you literally smell the history and taste traditions.
on the ground floor, you pass through the BAT shop, which sells an anthology of
contemporary African craft work including rural carvings and basketry,
telephone-wire bowls, traditional beadwork, pottery, handcrafted jewellery and
local art; as well as books, postcards and CDs.
top floor. The gallery rooms upstairs are divided into two sides.
ceremonial items including rare sangoma clothing and relics. It’s also home to
a variety of other treasures such as wooden headrests, fertility dolls, medicine
bottles and skilfully beaded and embroidered fabrics and skirts.
talked-about exhibits: a display of about thirty life-size marionettes adorned
in colourful ceremonial attire from the various regions and cultures of
are a stunning sight to behold.
staircase decorated with telephone-wire bowls into the basement where you will
find an extensive range of outstanding examples of beadwork from KZN, Eastern
Cape and the Ndebele people dating back to the 19th?century.
about every nook and cranny of the basement including snuff bottles, spoons and
pipes; wood, vinyl and Perspex ear decorations; beautifully carved headrests,
walking sticks, spoons, meat platters and milk pails; as well as customary
ceramic beer pots.
Phansi’s coffee shop, Ikhishi, which serves refreshments, light lunches and good
showcasing original and creative artists and performers.
Monday to Friday 8am to 4pm and weekends by appointment. Entry fees including
tour: R35 adults, R28 children, R22 students.
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