Things To Do in Durban NorthNatal Maritime Museum
Where? Bay End of Aliwal Street, Durban, KwaZulu Natal
When? Monday to Saturday from 08h30 to 15h45; Sundays from 11h00 to 15h45.
How? Call +27 (0)31 311-2231
How much? Falls into price group R1 to R100 per person. Confirm with the provider.
Durban is the maritime trade centre for Africa and the city's economical epicentre so it is fitting that this is where the Port Natal Maritime Museum dropped anchor. This tribute to local seafaring traditions is set on Durban's harbour coast backed by the wide angle view of the bay.
Mast and rudder alike retire to this historical 'dry-dock' to stand as testament to ancient settlement in this bay basin where local history was influenced by maritime culture. British traders and hunters established a permanent outpost here in 1824 overlooking these Indian Ocean waters. Tug the little ones in to explore the decks of three large multi-ton vessels including the naval SAS Durban (1957) minesweeper; the JR Moore (1961) tugboat built to handle rough seas and salvages; as well as the Ulundi with it's 1927 coal fired engine.
Wander through the engine rooms anticipating the heat, explore the galleys mimicking the swell at sea and discover the living quarters imagining the bygone sailors' conversations. Voyage through the Britannia Exhibition Hall where maritime collectables display secrets from the deep, perfect for little 'pirate' enthusiasts. Navigate by night stars and communication with ancient devices that linked ships over nautical miles. Point your compass to shipwrecked treasure, interact with a display or watch an educational program.