About Durban Natural Science Museum

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.

Did you know? The Museum Research Centre also offers the public access to the third largest collection of birds in Africa. Tours are available for schools and the general public.

The worldly home of this historic earth collection is housed in a 2200m² interior of Durban City Hall (pictured) which although historic in its own standing - impressing with its modern renaissance architecture since 1910; never seems to get as much attention as the earth whose architecture dates back 4.55 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. The educational backbone of young scientists is fossilised amongst displayed skeletons of extinct species. A visit presents an opportunity for a future bright spark to come face to face with a past Dodo and for a current full-scale adult specimen to feel insignificant alongside the life-size reconstruction of the Tyrannosaurus-Rex dinosaur.

See stuffed insects, birds, fish and reptiles that echo evidence of their earthly existence. Explore the Hall of Earth Sciences Gallery, meet Peter Amen the authentic Egyptian Mummy and journey back in time with innovative exhibitions informing on the origins of Africa.

This museum parts with knowledge through fascinating visual displays contributing to the conservation of natural heritage. Spend some time letting research entertain you on this planet that was here before you and will leave after you. For contact details, times and address please see Visit the Durban Natural Science Museum.

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Where1st Floor, Durban City Hall, Smith Street, Durban, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

WhenMonday to Saturday from 09h00 to 16h00
Sunday from 11h00 to 16h00

Telephone+27 (0)31 311-2256

OvernightStay in Durban Accommodation, KwaZulu Natal

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