The Natal Museum is located in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa and was established in 1904.
The museum is one of South Africa's five national museums, a cultural and natural history museum renowned for its unique collections - there are eight natural history and around ten cultural history galleries that include an array of mammals (together with the last wild elephant in KwaZulu-Natal), birds, amphibians, insects, an extensive mollusc collection (there are few South African land snails that are not represented in the Natal Museum) and a life-size T-Rex model.
Among these collections, the museum holds a large collection of rock art archives, mainly the Patricia Vinnincombe, Patrick Carter, Norah A. Farden, Sian Parry, John Hone and its substantial main working collection of slides, tracings and redrawings which have been accumulated through the decades from its continuous research in rock art.
There is also a room dedicated to KwaZulu-Natal history, geological and Paleontological material, and a reconstruction of a Victorian street set in the late 1800's, complete with shops, stable and period homes. Take a walk through a life size recreation of a Drakensberg cave with rock art drawings or a walk on the wooden deck of a wrecked trading vessel in our Towns and Trade Exhibition.
What makes the Natal Museum particularly interesting is the array of interesting temporary exhibitions that give the museum a definite dynamic advantage. Temporary exhibitions and happenings have included an exploration of the history of segregation in the US, xenophobic violence, mixed children’s art exhibition.
The Museum will be officially opening another new and exciting exhibition on the Soccer World Cup in May 2010. They will also be celebrating the 150th anniversary of the arrival of Indian people to South Africa later in the year with another brand new exhibition showcasing the Indian community of PMB.