Since the 1990’s, the Msunduzi Museum in Pietermaritzburg an agency of the National Department of Arts and Culture has been transformed from a historically single-themed museum to one that depicts the heritage of different cultural groups of KwaZulu-Natal.
The museum was created in 1912 as a tribute to the Voortrekkers. Voortrekker history is the main focus in the Voortrekker Complex, i.e. the historic Church of the Vow, the Andries Pretorius House and the E.G. Jansen Extension.
The Voortrekker Memorial Church and historic Church Hall were also recently acquired for the Museum by the National Department of Arts and Culture
The Main building is home to a variety of cultural-history exhibitions which are also constantly being upgraded and expanded, like ‘ A Tapestry of Cultures’ on the Mezzanine floor. Those interested in the history of the Struggle for Democracy, may find the Birth of Democracy Display on the ground floor informative.
The Museum also boasts a replica Hindu Shiva temple and a beautiful herb garden.
A display on the the South African (Anglo-Boer) War can be seen at the Voortrekker House, 333 Boom Street. The house is opened on Tuesdays and Fridays from 07h30 – 15h00, on other days opening can be arranged on request by contacting the Museum at 033 394 6834.
VENUE FOR HIRE
The Museum hires out its Memorial hall and Memorial Church to the public. Enquiries can be directed to Mrs Hlengiwe Mthimkhulu at 033 394 6834/5/6. Mondays to Fridays.
Daily safe parking facility is also available.
COMMEMORATION – 100 YEARS SINCE THE OUTBREAK OF WORLD WAR I AND 75 YEARS SINCE World War II
On 28 July 2014, 10:00, the Msunduzi Museum will be commemorating 100 years since the outbreak of World War I and 75 years since World War II. We have invited 2 speakers to come and present talks. One of our speakers is Mr. Ganes Pillay who focuses on the involvement of Indians, Coloureds and Africans in both these wars. Our other speaker is Patrick Voorma, an extreme diver who has found a ‘lost’ World War II submarine. The museum is also planning to launch a guide to World War I & II related sites in and around Pietermaritzburg, as well as a small exhibition on the day. Enquiries can be directed to Elrica Henning 033 394 6834.