The Old House Museum - Durban

The Old House Museum - Durban

The Old House museum near Albert Park is located in a replica of an old colonial house that once in 1849 belonged to John Goodricke. Goodricke was a settler and builder under the Byrne emigration scheme to Natal and was also the mayor of Durban between 1858 and 1859. The site of the Old House museum was donated to the city by George Churton Collins. Construction of the house was undertaken by the Durban city council, and the Old House museum was opened to the public in June of 1954. It is a house typical of any early Durban settler and contains an interesting collection of artifacts from the 19th century which includes various items of clothing and old furniture relevant to the period. The entire scene is an excellent representation of Durban life in the 1800s.

The Old House museum also features a recreation of the home of the Robinsons who were one of Durban's most prominent families at the time. Sir John Robinson was the first Prime Minister of Natal, as well as being the owner of the Natal Mercury, Durban's daily morning newspaper. The displays housed within the Old House museum document the lifestyle of the upper middle class settlers, the city's first elite. Items displayed include antique furniture, clocks and china, alongside life size mannequins of the family dressed in the fashion of the era.

The walls of the Old House museum are decorated with original oil paintings displaying views of nineteenth century Durban stretching to the harbour. Another notable exhibit featured in the Old House museum is a unique autographed cloth, hand embroidered with the names of many of the provinces' great political figures of the time. The park like grounds display a post cart (c. 1898) used to smuggle Natal's former Prime Minister H Escombe from Dundee to Greytown during the South African War which occurred between 1900 and 1902, and an ox wagon from the Normandien Farm in the Newcastle area.

Accommodation Near The Old House Museum - Durban

Sleeps: 18 in 8 units/rooms

Riviera Hotel

Hotel / Boutique Hotel Accommodation in Durban Beachfront

0.4km North East of The Old House Museum - Durban

The Riviera Hotel is a modern attractively decorated low budget tourist hotel offering excellent value and friendly efficient service.

Botany Bay Lodge

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Berea, Durban

1.8km North West of The Old House Museum - Durban

Our lodge has en-suite bedrooms with tv's fans and air conditioners for those balmy Durban evenings. We also offer safe off-street parking, pool bar, laundry / maid service and a fully fitted communal kitchen for your self catering requirments...

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Chelsea Villa Guesthouse

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Glenwood, Durban

1.9km West of The Old House Museum - Durban

Built in 1890, Chelsea Villa Guest House is one of the original Victorian Homes in the area. Great care has been taken to preserve most of the original fixtures during times of renovation and decorating, to ensure that the house maintains the ...

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Sleeps: 32 in 8 units/rooms

Villa La Palma

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Glenwood, Durban

1.9km West of The Old House Museum - Durban

All our units are equipped with cooling and heating air-conditioners for your comfort as well as TV, Hi-Fi, DVD Player and a large selection of satellite and local channels for your easy viewing. Tea, coffee and bottled water is complimentary and ...

Sleeps: 15 in 3 units/rooms

Penney Private Holiday Flats

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Durban Beachfront

2.2km North East of The Old House Museum - Durban

Penney Holiday Flats, budget accommodation, only 1 minute's walk to Durban's main beach area, making it ideal accommodation for holiday makers looking for sun, sea and sand.

Sleeps: 352 in 88 units/rooms

Gooderson Beach Hotel Self Catering

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Durban Beachfront

2.3km North East of The Old House Museum - Durban

Refresh at the Beach Hotel, right on the ocean's doorstep.  Enjoy awe inspiring beach and sea views and spectacular sunsets from the comfort of your spacious hotel room or self catering apartment.

Sleeps: 8

61 Marlborough Holiday Accommodation

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Durban Beachfront

2.3km North East of The Old House Museum - Durban

3 bedrooms 2 bathrooms 6 sleeper Kitchen lounge Dining Room and Huge Balcony sea facing self catering penthouse apartment on marine parade Durban

Ocean View Apartment

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Durban Beachfront

2.3km North East of The Old House Museum - Durban

This open plan beach apartment is newly renovated. Located on the second floor of a front row small complex, it offers the perfect beach spot for couples, solo adventurers, and business travelers. Although ideal for just 2 guests, it can accommodate up to

Sleeps: 468 in 134 units/rooms

Gooderson Tropicana Hotel

Hotel / Boutique Hotel Accommodation in Durban Beachfront

2.3km North East of The Old House Museum - Durban

Tropicana's versatile accommodation options cater for all. Enjoy a fun-filled family break, travel with a loved one or simply enjoy a private escape in one of our single rooms.

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Sleeps: 240 in 60 units/rooms

Gooderson Beach Hotel

Hotel / Boutique Hotel Accommodation in Durban Beachfront

2.3km North East of The Old House Museum - Durban

Refresh at the Beach Hotel, right on the ocean's doorstep. Enjoy awe inspiring beach and sea views and spectacular sunsets from the comfort of your spacious hotel room or self catering apartment.