History Museums in Durban

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History Museums in Durban

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  • JustinWRA
    Durban, South Africa42 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Killie Campbell Museum epitomises "hidden gem". While a little unsuspecting and without a great deal of information online it proved to be a surprising and rewarding visit. Lulu the museum curator was available and took me on a guided tour of this the private residence of the Campbell family. The museum is home to a wonderful collection of Zulu cultural artefacts, literature and history. Lulu explained the stories behind the family, their legacy and the collection in a way that brought it to life. A day well spent.
    Written 22 August 2018
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  • chantaltweddle
    Durban, South Africa174 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great and interesting place R10 entrance no card machine so take cash with pity it is a bit run down bit still something interesting to learn. Staff are friendly and very helpful
    Written 10 March 2024
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  • KimiK48
    200 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Visited this small but informative museum several years ago as it was 'strategically' located between my hotel and the ICC.
    Gave some valuable background and insights into the ugly history and practices of apartheid.
    I'm glad to see that is still exists and highly recommend a visit if you stay in the area for a conference or otherwise.
    Written 19 July 2019
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  • tye
    22 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A small old house situated in Westville.
    It is safe and parking is not an issue as it is usually quiet.
    It's about a 15 minute walk around.
    Written 6 February 2022
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  • Fantajan
    Pretoria, South Africa331 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I was surprised to find such a well-researched, resourced, and informative museum on genocide in Durban. It honestly is one of the best museums in all of South Africa. While the subject matter is not uplifting, it is an important reminder that the hatred that fuels genocide continues to be fanned, primarily by politicians, across the globe. The museum is an important reminder of the consequences of such hate, once activated. While there is a strong focus on the Holocaust, the beginning of the exhibit focuses on other genocides throughout history. The Holocaust displays are moving, particularly so because they capture the lived experiences of Jewish survivors who immigrated to South Africa in the lead up to, during, and shortly after the Holocaust. Their stories bring everything to life. There was also a special exhibition on photography in the extermination camps that are incredibly moving and hard to look at. We are reminded that must not look away - we must not forget.
    Written 2 June 2023
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  • kmaija83
    Los Angeles, CA25 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    I spent about an hour here and saw a lot of room for improvement in the curation. There was an interesting exhibit on Nat Nakasa, but some of the displays were missing. Also, there were exhibits of model ships, toy cars, and historical Durban, but each lacked explanation and contextualizing information. I did enjoy learning about South Africa’s role in WWI, but even that exhibit looked like it was in the process of being dismantled. The museum has potential, but needs work. It’s free, so it’s worth popping in for a visit. If more people go, perhaps the city will invest more resources into creating dynamic exhibits.
    Written 22 December 2018
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  • ArthiGopi
    Durban, South Africa27 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    It took me many years before I actually found myself at this gem - and what a beautiful space to acknowledge the history of the Indian community in Durban. For me, the curated works were incredibly special and thoughtfully put together. Plan to spend at least an hour here reading through the many displays.
    Written 20 June 2018
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  • travelling veggie
    London, UK9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A little gem of a museum we discovered via a pamphlet picked up at the nearby Maritime museum, which offers a glimpse into how colonials lived back in the day.

    Free entry and some decent information panels, especially relating to extraordinarily long and complex dining etiquette, which was most entertaining.

    Overall a small but rather perfectly formed and well looked after museum, complete with multiple antique furnishings showing dining room, bedroom, sitting room and kitchen/scullery set-up, the latter of which featured some fascinating kitchen equipment, including ancient fridges and an old cheese grater which looked like a torture device!

    You can also wander around the pretty, compact grounds (sadly somewhat overshadowed by nearby high-rise buildings) which has some outside tables where you can sit, if it's not too hot. Nice clean toilets were appreciated.

    Note: the museum didn't seem to be located in the best of areas and its gated front may look closed but security on the veranda will let you in.
    Written 27 January 2024
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  • G.Reddy
    Durban, South Africa4 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    A documentation centre but ship lists are not available. A neat and tidy place and one needs much time to peruse. It was easy to find. We were directed to Wheeler House for further information on Indentured Indians.
    Written 17 March 2024
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