The Pinetown Museum is a multi cultural museum featuring a wide rande of displays and exhibitions, and is housed in the Pinetown library and museum complex. The museum provides insights into many aspects of the surrounding region, and also provides a comprehensive summary of the development of the Pinetown area from prehistory to more recent modern times.
Local history exhibits at the Pinetown museum include various displays about well known settlers and prominent characters from the region, dating back as far as the mid nineteenth century. Also featured are awards from the Rand show, an informative display showing the development of Durban's first waterworks at Paradise Valley, and a selection of old Edwardian furniture and other paraphenalia.
Diversity of the local culture of the area is also well represented with a number of items on display ranging from Zulu craft consisting of beadwork, traditional weapons and plumage, to more recent developments in customs and tradition. Also included at the Pinetown Museum are several natural history displays, with exhibits on poisonous snakes, flora, small mammals and birdlife which can be found in the region.
A central theme at the museum is Anthropology, focusing on the evolution of the human species, and the exhibit includes a replica of the famous "Mrs Ples" skull found at the Sterkfontein caves in 1947, and the shull of the early hominid Australopithecus Africanus found by Professor Dart in Taung, on the Highveld in 1925. The shull was believed to have belonged to a child, estimated to have existed over two and a half million years ago. The collection also includes various stone age implements and artifacts, and gives visitors valuable insights into life in earliest civilizations. Aspects of local Indian culture are also represented in this interesting museum.
Research facilities are available at the Pinetown museum. For more information call (031) 718 2740
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