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The Campbell Collections

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Address: Corner of Marriott and Essenwood roads, Durban 4001, South Africa
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The furniture, household items, clothing and art in this eclectic...

The furniture, household items, clothing and art in this eclectic collection are housed in the 1914 home of sugar baron Sir Marshall Campbell.

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Worth the hassle

Although quite difficult to visit, trying to see the Campbell Collection is worth the hassle. When I visited KZN in 2015 I tried to get an appointment to see the collection but... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 February 2017
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2017

Although quite difficult to visit, trying to see the Campbell Collection is worth the hassle. When I visited KZN in 2015 I tried to get an appointment to see the collection but power cuts and strict visiting hours plus very obnoxious and unhelpful security guards were to contend with. However, with persistence, I was able to finally visit in 2016... More 

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Milan, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016

amazing premises , lovely collection and once you get access to the library, then it is amazing . a treasury trove ,not to be missed

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unguidedmissal
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2015

Set in a beautiful old Cape Dutch manor house, this collection is an enchanting display of culture, probably lost or nearly so. The house itself is a marvel with its' beautiful period furniture, library and photographs from the early 20th century. But the structure houses a wonderful collection of Zulu ethnological pieces that won't be seen elsewhere. There is plenty... More 

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1 Thank unguidedmissal
Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 April 2014

I am so happy we found this place - I have been looking for a museum where I could see and study the native costume and adornment ( especially beading) of the African continent, but usually (as a tourist, anyway) one comes across curio markets. They are interesting, but this is something else.......The Campbell Collections include original work of Barbara... More 

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Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2013

We didn't, but luckily the guide agreed to show us around anyway. There is a bit of everything -- example of a late 19th-early 20th c Cape Dutch house and furnishings, many African -- particularly Zulu -- artifacts and a wonderful collection of paintings by Barbara Tyrrell of the traditional costumes of the various peoples of Southern Africa. Tyrrell was... More 

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Milan, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 April 2012

Very interesting place, outstanding guide , lovely library

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1 Thank nicolas s
Durban, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 2012

Here you can find any book, you might like to view. From Afrikaner to historical. fascinating.

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2012

Belongs to university of KZN. Doesn't seem to get many visitors. You get shown round by guide, who knows his stuff. Some interesting old furniture and artefacts.

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Howick, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2012

A wonderful old house with a wonderful collection of records. The staff are knowledgable and endlessly helpful.

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Durban, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2011

A collection of early Durban history, from journals, books, newspapers, photographs and more.

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