See also Encounter Magazine's guide on South Africa Museums.

Tatham Art Gallery
This is today one of the country's top seven art museums. There's an impressive collection of British and French 19th and early 20th century English and French paintings, including Degas, Picasso, Matisse, Hockney and Renoir, as well as a Henry Moore maquette and china and glassware.

Situated in the Old Supreme Court building.

KwaZulu-Natal Railway Museum
The entire operation of the KZN Railway Museum is run by volunteer enthusiasts. One of the main activities at the Mason's Mill facility is the restoration of locomotives and coaches.
One of the more interesting attractions in the museum is a coach that had been converted to serve as a bullion carrier and which was used for the run from Rhodesia to Johannesburg during the early part of the 20th century.

Natal Museum
The Natal Museum opened its doors on 30 November 1904 and it is home to several of South Africa's most important heritage collections. The Museum is the largest national museum in KwaZulu-Natal and is dedicated to the collection, preservation, study and exhibition of objects of cultural and scientific value, concentrating on both the Natural and Human Sciences.

Address:
237 Jabu Ndlovu Street, Pietermaritzburg
Monday to Friday 09:00 to 16:30; Saturdays 10:00 to 16:00; Sundays 11:00 to 15:00

Voortrekker Museum
What used to be the Longmarket Girls' School, until 1972, is now the main building for the Voortrekker Museum. The Church of the Vow, Andries Pretorius House, E.G. Jansen Extension, an old ox wagon and a double storey house, furnished as a period house make up the entire Voortrekker Museum.

Address:
Corner Longmarket & Boshoff Streets
Tel: 033 394 6834 / 5
Mon-Fri: 08:00 - 16:00; Sat: 08:00 - 12:00

Macrorie House
A splendid Victorian museum reflecting early British settler life is housed in Macrorie House, the former residence of William Macrorie who served as bishop of Pietermaritzburg from 1869 to 1891.
One of the highlights is the bishop's miniature chapel complete with altar and ornamental screen.

Address:
11 Loop St, Pietermaritzburg
Tues - Fri: 9:00 - 13:00
Sun: 11:00 - 16:00

Comrades Marathon House
A museum of much more recent origin is located in Comrades Marathon House, the headquarters of this road race. This Museum houses the official trophies, photographic and press releases and histories of the Comrades Marathon as well as a route model and audio visual presentation.

Address:
18 Connaught Road, Scottsville
Mon - Fri: 8:30 - 13:00
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