Explore Durban’s Science Museum

Situated in the heart of the city centre, the Durban Natural Science Museum is one of the oldest and most popular museums in South Africa, founded on 23 July 1887. This unique museum features a selection of superb dioramas, which depict mammals, birds, insects, reptiles and fish in natural habitats. Highlights of the museum include […]

Situated in the heart of the city centre, the Durban Natural Science Museum is one of the oldest and most popular museums in South Africa, founded on 23 July 1887. This unique museum features a selection of superb dioramas, which depict mammals, birds, insects, reptiles and fish in natural habitats. Highlights of the museum include an Egyptian Mummy and a life size dinosaur and entrance is FREE!

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The Durban Natural Science Museum strives to acquire and disseminate knowledge about the Earth, its history, and life on Earth, both past and present.

The Durban Natural Science Museum has dynamic and innovative research and education programmes with a particular emphasis on biodiversity, conservation, and ecology. Marvel at our ‘creepy crawlies’, magnificent birdlife (the third largest collection in Africa), and the famous Big Five!
The Durban Natural Science Museum has dynamic and innovative research and education programmes with a particular emphasis on Biodiversity Conservation, and Ecology.

Although it is one of South Africa’s smallest but busiest natural science museums, it is renowned for its realistic dioramas (habitat groups), life size T Rex model, near-complete Dodo skeleton and Egyptian mummy, Peten Amen. We are open to the public 363 days a year and don’t forget, admission is free!

The Museum celebrated its 120th anniversary in 2007/08 and these celebrations culminated in the sealing of two time capsules on the 23 September 2008 in celebration of its contributions to the conservation of natural heritage. The first time capsule will be opened in 2057 and the second will be opened in 2087 on the occasion of the Museums bicentennial celebrations.