Durban Natural Science Museum – South Africa

by Kojo Pocu

A visit to the Durban Natural Science Museum will make you feel like an anthropology for the day, with a strong concentration on delving into the past and present.

The museum is one of the smallest in South Africa, but it is proud to be one of the most visited. This could be due to its lifelike representations of a Dodo skeleton, an Egyptian mummy, and a T.rex model. There are a lot to learn at the museum, so why not add to your bucket list.

About Durban Natural Science Museum

The Earth, its history, future, life, and the life forms that live and have lived on it are all celebrated at the Durban Natural Science Museum. The earth’s earthly home is a 2200m2 interior of Durban City Hall (pictured), which, while historic in its own right – stunning with its modern renaissance design since 1910 – never seems to attract as much attention as the earth’s architecture, which dates back 4.55 billion years.

This museum, which opened in 1887, is the most popular of its sort in Southern Africa, with an average of 295 000 visitors per year. Among the visible skeletons of extinct animals is the educational backbone of budding scientists. A visit gives a future bright spark the chance to meet a former Dodo and a current full-scale adult specimen the chance to feel insignificant next to a life-size reproduction of the Tyrannosaurus-Rex dinosaur.


This museum contributes to the conservation of natural heritage by disseminating knowledge through interesting visual displays. Spend some time on this planet, which was here before you and will leave after you, letting study entertain you.

The Museum Research Centre also has Africa’s third largest collection of birds, which is open to the public. Schools and the general public can take tours of the facility. School visits are provided at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays, and at 12.30 p.m. on Fridays for the general public.

Things To Do At Durban Natural Science Museum

See stuffed insects, birds, fish, and reptiles that bear witness to their presence on the planet. Explore the Hall of Earth Sciences Gallery, meet authentic Egyptian Mummy Peter Amen, and travel back in time with creative exhibitions about Africa’s origins.


Durban Natural Science Museum Opening Time

Monday to Friday from 09h00 to 16h00
Saturday from 09h00 to 12h00
Sunday closed.


Telephone: +27 (0)31 311-2256


1st Floor, Durban City Hall, Smith Street, Durban, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

Durban Natural Museum Entrance Fee

Admission to the museum is free. You don’t need to pay anything when visit the museum.