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“Gem of a find”
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
Level 6 Contributor
249 reviews
157 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
“Gem of a find”
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, juxtaposed to their cultural significance and historical value. One of the highlights of the museum is the colorful life-sized dolls on display that show traditional outfits and jewelry with pieces from daily life. A very important museum that should be on your to do list when visiting this side.

Visited July 2016
Thank Luc V
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“An amazing last couple of hours in Durban!!”
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 collection is housed in an old Victorian home transformed with the love, passion and respect for the history of these cultures by Paul Mikula. Paul welcomed us and took us on a once in a lifetime museum experience. His stories, knowledge of the art and craft with which he clearly holds so close to his heart and his generosity is something I will never forget. If you are in Durban, take the time to visit Phansi Museum and tell others about it too! Thank you Paul!!

Visited December 2016
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Durban, South Africa
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Interesting collection of Zulu cultural artifacts”
Reviewed 23 October 2016

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

Visited May 2016
Thank Gail565
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Paris, France
Level 5 Contributor
50 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Very well done”
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. This is a fairly small museum. I wouldn't imagine spending more than about an hour there. I parked right outside on the street -- there is space, but also a number of cars parked in the area. It cost 40 rand per person for the visit. There are stairs, and one narrow stairway in particular to navigate.

Visited July 2016
1 Thank Ken G
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Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India
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19 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Worth a visit”
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.

Visited March 2016
Thank Devika47
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