Talana Museum

Talana Museum, Dundee: Address, Phone Number, Talana Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

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Andrew Q
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Sep 2021
Talana Museum is an absolute gem, with something for everyone. The effort that has gone into creating (and recreating) the many different spaces and exhibits is truly extraordinary. There were moments when I felt I'd stepped back in time, and could literally feel the quality of life that our forbears endured - almost painfully uncomfortable compared to what we all take for granted in the 21st Century.

There's more to see and learn than anyone can absorb in a single visit. I will definitely go back here.
Written 19 September 2021
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Michael C
Nelspruit, South Africa58 contributions
Oct 2020
The museum is startling in its accuracy and hs plenty of interesting points and artifacts to make this interesting for all ages the coal mine simulation and facts was very interesting. the history and restoration of the area and the buildings is a feat that boggles the mind in todays economies hard times, well done to everybody involved in protecting the information and history of this are.
Written 23 October 2020
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111TWIGAMINHAAFRIKA
Bristol, UK6 607 contributions
Feb 2020
Secure parking, a small fee and generally good facilities.
Excellent informative collection of art museum's/folk museum's set within acres of well kept grass lawns, shrub bed/flower beds.
Interesting history of the local coal mining, glass industry and steam locomotive.
Historical notes on Gandi, Mandela and the freedom movement but its the genuine artefacts, living/working quarters depicted through the ages.
Great value for money, a fine 2 hour stop before heading for our safari at Nambiti.
Friendly staff.
Written 15 March 2020
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reidJhb
JHB61 contributions
Feb 2020
Obviously set up by a very interested and concerned group of experts. Feel somehow the displays are getting old and looking a bit tatty. The mining exhibition is good but mannequins are old and really look dead!
Written 28 February 2020
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Phil G
Leyland, UK114 contributions
Jan 2020
A quiet and peaceful museum to visit located just outside Dundee KZN. Spread over a 20 acres the museum has exhibits from the coal mining industry, original buildings, as well has artifacts from local families and businesses.

A comprehensive history of the area from the 1800's, through the Zulu and Boer wars is very well shown, as well as some of the transport used through the years and lots of original items in the various buildings.

The museum has a memorial to Mahatma Ghandi who spent some time in Dundee.

The Miners Rest restaurant is an ideal place to relax and have a bite to eat and a drink after, or during your visit.

Well worth a visit any day of the week.
Written 15 February 2020
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Jane R
53 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
We just had a couple of nights in Dundee as a stop off before going to Nambiti. We wanted to go to Bloed River but never made that! However we did go in this museum - the site of the first Boer War battle. It was SO well done with so much information. We only had 2 hours to spare but you could easily spend the whole day here. The entrance fee was a ridiculous £3.60 for 2 people , if it had need £10 each it would still have been cheap.
Written 28 January 2020
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Robin P
London, UK10 contributions
Oct 2019
This is an interesting museum with a rather eclectic collection (not easy to say!). It focuses on the history of the Dundee area (naturally) and covers the Boer War, WW1, Coal mining in the Dundee area, Gandhi's time in Africa, history of railway development, clothing, etc. It also encompasses the Talana Hill battlefield and cemetery - the first major battle of the Boer War.
Written 28 November 2019
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saba657
Durban, South Africa35 contributions
Jul 2019
My kids absolutely loved this quirky museum with its huge variety of buildings and exhibits. They were fascinated by the (unfortunately deteriorating, they need a bit of TLC) displays of miners at work. The glassware and the farming implements, general store items, fashion from previous times - was all very interesting. The downside was the cafe. Our experience there was beyond strange. My kids ordered a waffle and a milkshake. The older woman running the place said without any trace of humour 'you're going to get fat'. I said to her that they had just had their lunch. She repeated 'you will get fat, I wouldn't be allowed to eat that' (!) And no, she was not joking around, she was just being snotty and had a negative tone. My daughter was only 7, I was really angry that she was being made to worry about her weight. When the food came it was awful - the waffles just tasted a bit odd and the whipped cream tasted sour. It was the worst milkshake I've had for a long time. We were really glad we only ordered a snack. And the bad attitude from the lady in charge was the cherry on the top. I'm told they serve quite nice roasts on Sunday,perhaps that's a better option. I wouldn't like this to put people off going to this enjoyable museum.
Written 19 November 2019
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Nomad
Glasgow, UK165 contributions
Nov 2019
Standard entry to the museum is R35 per person. The museum covers a lot of social history as well as the information about the actual battle of Talana. There really is something to inform and entertain everyone from the coal mining, costumes, bead work, glass museum, the war museums, and the actual houses that were there plus a shop for souvenirs! A fascinating place where you can easily spend a few hours.
Written 14 November 2019
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wendyanddavid536
Solihull, UK1 937 contributions
Oct 2019
A really excellent museum with many different exhibits inside and outside. The majority of the indoor space was devoted to the history of local coal mining plus a very good exhibition of glassware and costumes.
Written 14 November 2019
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