An agency of the National Department of Sports, Arts and Culture

uMsunduzi Museum

Welcome to uMsunduzi Museum

About Us

uMsunduzi Museum

Since the 1990’s, the uMsunduzi Museum in Pietermaritzburg an agency of the National Department of Arts and Culture has been transformed from a historically single-themed museum to one that depicts the heritage of different cultural groups of KwaZulu-Natal.

The museum was created in 1912 as a tribute to the Voortrekkers. Voortrekker history is the main focus in the Voortrekker Complex, i.e. the historic Church of the Vow, the Andries Pretorius House and the E.G. Jansen Extension.

The Voortrekker Memorial Church and historic Church Hall were also recently acquired for the Museum by the National Department of Arts and Culture

The Main building is home to a variety of cultural-history exhibitions which are also constantly being upgraded and expanded, like ‘ A Tapestry of Cultures’ on the Mezzanine floor.   Those interested in the history of the Struggle for Democracy, may find the Birth of Democracy Display on the ground floor informative.

The Museum also boasts a replica Hindu Shiva temple and a beautiful herb garden. A display on the the South African (Anglo-Boer) War can be seen at the Voortrekker House, 333 Boom Street.  The house is opened on Tuesdays and Fridays from 07h30 – 15h00, on other days opening can be arranged on request by contacting the Museum at 033 394 6834.

Our Vision

Creative and empowered socially cohesive South African communities that appreciate our diverse cultural heritage.

Our Mission

To contribute towards creative and empowered socially cohesive South African communities through preserving, promoting and presenting our cultural heritage.

Our Values

The values of the uMsunduzi Museum are associated with the institution’s commitment to service excellence by putting people first and by ascribing to the Batho Pele principles and the philosophy of uBuntu.

• Integrity – We can be relied on to consistently undertake our duties honestly and ethically.
Excellence – We are committed to achieving our performance goals and for delivering work and services of high quality.
• Accountability – We will be accountable for all our undertakings and for the use and safe guarding of the assets in our care.
• Socially responsive – We will we will offer a museum service which is responsive to our stakeholders and communities.

Visit us to experience all we have to offer

uMsunduzi Museum building

Unondlela Mobile Museum

Educational programmes

Temporary and permanent exhibitions

Research and Collections

Internet Café and Library

Venue for hire / Parking for hire

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