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“A treat not to be missed in South Africa!”
Review of Phansi Museum

Phansi Museum
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Durban City Sightseeing Tour
Ranked #25 of 122 things to do in Durban
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Stairs / lift
London Ontario
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“A treat not to be missed in South Africa!”
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 and important culture. Inspiring, fun, unforgettable!

Visited April 2016
1 Thank oldladybird
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Durban, South Africa
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“History, cultured a way of life”
Reviewed 24 January 2016

A visit to the Phansi Museum is inspirational. A collection of ancient and more modern artefacts beautifully preserved depicting the way of life of the Zulu and Xhosa peoples of South Africa along with incredible life-size models of South Africa's ethnic peoples including the Ndebele. Be sure to do the tour with Mrs Phumzile Ngcobo who brings the history alive with her magical storytelling skills!

Visited November 2015
1 Thank Monique L
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Level 6 Contributor
113 reviews
52 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
“Zulu treasure trove”
Reviewed 31 December 2015

One needs an appointment to see this and we had one but when we arrived, we discovered that it was a holiday but, no problem, the founder Paul Mikula would take us through. That kind of place. Devoted to maintaining and supporting traditional Zulu culture and educating the public about it. Set in a lovely old building, there are three floors just jam packed with Zulu traditional crafts (beadwork, wire work, pottery, fabric, etc.). We spent three hours but could have easily spent more. If you have even a passing interest in traditional culture and, particularly Zulu culture, this place is not to be missed. We weren't asked for an entrance fee. There was a donation box at the door. There's a collection of books on Zulu culture for sale. Go.

Visited December 2015
3 Thank unguidedmissal
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Level 6 Contributor
114 reviews
67 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Little known but wonderful”
Reviewed 29 December 2015

Phansi Museum is a small museum containing a vast collection of work from natives of the region. There is so much to see in such a small area but well worth the time to closely examine the many items. The director gave us a tour, private as there were no other guests. She explained the items and the culture of the people. We could have spend hours there however, we did have a ship to catch. If you would enjoy an unusual experience without crowds and enjoy a leisurely look at artifacts of the past, I would recommend the Phansi as a worthwhile place to visit.

Visited December 2015
4 Thank Janice P
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Boston, Massachusetts
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Zulu Artwork Treasure Trove ”
Reviewed 1 September 2015 via mobile

This is a one of a kind collection, started by Paul Mikula, whose private collection of Zulu artwork is unparalleled. Over the years he has expanded this collection with the help of other private collectors and has created the Phansi museum. It is best to call ahead and book a tour, which is given by an extremely knowledgeable curator. The collection is housed in a beautiful Victorian building, and is the midst of expansion and improvement. A visit here is a unique experience and is not to be missed on a trip to Durban.

Visited September 2015
2 Thank Linda K
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