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Address: 500 Esther Roberts Road, Durban 4001, South Africa
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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A MUST SEE ....REALLY Do NOT miss

Fabulous artifacts collected over the last three decades and amazing collection of marionette's dressed in various local styles. A wonderful group of people working there and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Ghosha5
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Los Angeles, CA
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Los Angeles, CA
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Fabulous artifacts collected over the last three decades and amazing collection of marionette's dressed in various local styles. A wonderful group of people working there and Phlumzile an excellent tour guide. Reasonable entry fee of R40.

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Gillitts, South Africa
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Definitely stop by this place!!! It is incredible! An absolute hidden gem! Durban has some stunning galleries, this is one you will never forget!

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Reviewed 27 February 2017 via mobile

A few hours spent at the Phansi Museum does wonders for the soul. The visuality of our history is important. As South Africans and especially Durbanites we should all pass by, To be able to understand the very many images we saw when we were young but never understood. Great for senior primary school children.

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Reviewed 2 February 2017

A gem very close to the city center, the Phansi museum uniquely exhibits artifacts that reflect the cultural kaleidoscope of the KZN area and the rest of the country. From ancient/traditional daily household and kitchen wares, to clothing and jewelry and even weaponry, all items in the museum are well restored and well kept. Likewise their uses are well explained,... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 6 December 2016

Having read about the Phansi Museum in Durban while planning our trip to South Africa, I couldn't have imagined what a jewel we would come upon when we toured this interesting museum. Tucked away in a residential area the museum is filled with a plethora of truly exquisite artifacts from Zulu as welll as other South African indigenous cultures. The... More 

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Durban, South Africa
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Reviewed 23 October 2016

Lots of beadwork, bridal costumes. Staff friendly and helpful, perhaps could have been more informative.

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Paris, France
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Reviewed 30 July 2016

I am not a huge crafts follower, but I still thought this place was great. They have a number of costumes and other day-to-day crafts. To visit, you should call and make an appointment for a (short) tour -- the website doesn't say so, but it seems like they prefer to do 30-45 minute tours of the house and holdings.... More 

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Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India
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Reviewed 28 June 2016

This is a place not to be missed for the exquisite craft heritage it showcases. They are very helpful; there are volunteers who take you around and tell you more about the Zulu crafts. I must say that making a contribution to a place like this is really worthwhile for the work it does to preserve such intricate, beautiful work.

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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 May 2016

What a delightful museum! Such a rich collection of African, particularly Zulu artefacts, that are lovingly presented in huge and colourful abundance. We were given a delightful private tour, which had not been pre-booked, by a wonderful lady who punctuated her narrative with her personal experiences of Zulu life. This was the most enjoyable museum experience that I have had... More 

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London Ontario
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Reviewed 1 May 2016

Durban is a fascinating city but the highlight for me was the Phansi Museum, an extraordinary private collection of Zulu clothing and artifacts brought to life by the amazing museum guide, a gifted woman name Phumzile. Life-size dolls dressed in traditional and festive clothing were simply awesome; you could not but feel you were in the presence of a great... More 

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