About Greytown Museum

The little hub of Greytown is situated in the picturesque South African province of KwaZulu-Natal. It is situated on the banks of the gorgeous Umvoti River and is known for its ample production of timber, which is used locally and exported.

The Greytown Museum is considered to be one of the finest small museums in the country and boasts a number of excellent exhibits that will appeal to young and old alike. It is situated within the building that was constructed in 1879 by the district surgeon, Dr Birtwell. It was then sold to the local magistrate. However, in 1971, the magistrate demanded that a new home be built for him on an adjacent piece of land. At this time, the building was bought by the Borough Council and opened as the museum in 1973. This was done under the guidance and management of the Administrator of Natal, Ben Havemann.

Thanks to the fantastic array of exhibits and the quality of the museumís offering, it has been declared a National Monument. There is an indoor area as well as outdoor exhibits, lending this museum a unique appeal. Inside, there is memorabilia from various battles in the Anglo Boer War as well as between settlers and local Zulu folk. In addition, there is a Hindu Room, a Victorian Childrenís Room and the Coach House.

Outside, visitors can look forward to seeing the steam engines, a restored Cape cart and an authentic hearse. One of its most popular pieces is the canon that dates back to the 1750ís and was brought through rugged terrain from Port St Johns all the way to Greytown in the mid 19th century.

Outside the building is a fig tree that dates back to around 1900. It was planted by General Louis Bothaís sister, who was also the wife of the original builder of the house, Dr Birtwell.

The museum is open from Monday to Friday and on certain Sundays.

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WhereCorner of Durban and Scott Streets, Greytown, Natal Midlands, KwaZulu Natal

WhenMonday to Friday from 8h30 to 16h00.
First Sunday of every month from 10h00 to 16h00.

How muchPrices on request.

Telephone+27 (0)33 413-9124

OvernightStay nearby in Greytown, in KwaZulu Natal


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