Phansi Museum

Phansi Museum

Durban's Phansi museum houses some of South Africa's largest collections of traditional art, crafts & artifacts. The collection is beautifully displayed in Robert's House, which was built in 1898 and is now a restored Victorian National monument. The building was once the home of Esther Roberts, who lived there her entire life. She was one of South Africa's pioneering female anthropologists, and also authored numerous historical novels. The Phansi museum was able to construct spectacular new displays in 2006, due to funding by the Bartel Arts Trust, allowing them to expand to the ground and first floor of the building.

The museum showcases various forms of original music, performing arts and oral history through the hosting of regular live events. A much talked exhibit featured at the Phansi Museum is the display of about thirty life size dolls, dressed in full ceremonial attire from various regions and cultures throughout Southern Africa.

The displays housed within the museum include beadwork from the different regions of KwaZulu-Natal, the Eastern Cape as well as numerous brilliant examples from the Ndebele people. The beadwork varies from present day works, to works which date back to the nineteenth century. A wide variety of other interesting items can be viewed in the exhibits, including headrests, meat platters, carved spoons, a skillfully made collection of Zulu clay pots, snuff bottles, earplugs, pipes, fertility dolls and beautifully carved sticks, as well as a contemporary collection of telephone wire baskets and various other modern sculptures. Also to be found is the Phansi museum is a coffee shop which serves refreshments and light lunches.

Address : 41 Cedar Road, Glenwood, Durban, 4001
Contact : (tel) +27 (0) 31 206 2889 (fax) +27 (0) 31 206 1590

Accommodation Near Phansi Museum


Chelsea Villa Guesthouse

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Glenwood, Durban

0.9km North West of Phansi Museum

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 ...

Sleeps: 32 in 8 units/rooms

Villa La Palma

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Glenwood, Durban

1.0km North West of Phansi Museum

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: 36 in 12 units/rooms

Roseland House

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Glenwood, Durban

1.6km West of Phansi Museum

Our home has been lovingly adorned with many antiques from this period. All 7 en-suite double rooms are air-conditioned and tastefully furnished with your comfort in mind. Some rooms have their own private court yards and all have TV, hostess tray...

Sleeps: 47 in 21 units/rooms

Villa Picasso

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Glenwood, Durban

1.6km West of Phansi Museum

Villa Picasso exudes a European influence with East African undertones, creating a uniquely metropolitan appeal. We warmly invite you to experience our guest house which offers superior services and fabulous features.

Sleeps: 18 in 8 units/rooms

Riviera Hotel

Hotel / Boutique Hotel Accommodation in Durban Beachfront

1.8km North East of Phansi Museum

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

1.9km North of Phansi Museum

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...

Sleeps: 18 in 9 units/rooms

Mackaya Bella Guest House

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Glenwood, Durban

2.1km South West of Phansi Museum

Mackaya Bella is an established 4 star modern, eco-friendly bed and breakfast, situated in the newly revitalised suburb of Durban South, close to numerous restaurants, galleries, cafes and boutiques.

Sleeps: 10 in 5 units/rooms

An Upper Room B+B

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Manor Gardens

2.2km West of Phansi Museum

An Upper Room B+B is situated on Durban's ridge with a spectacular view over the harbour. There are 4 twin bedded en-suite rooms, all with TV & DSTV. The rooms are fully air-conditioned.

Nunuburd Lodge

Self Catering Rooms With Communal Kitchen in Glenwood, Durban

2.3km West of Phansi Museum

"Nunuburd" is dedicated to providing good value for money accommodation and service beyond compare, ensuring your accommodation needs are not only met, but exceeded.

Acorn Bed & Breakfast in Durban

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Berea, Durban

3.0km North of Phansi Museum

Acorn Bed & Breakfast in Durban, an oasis of graciousness and tranquility in Durban's exclusive Berea, has every modern convenience, yet retains the old-worlde impeccable service and style of yester-year.