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Old Court House Museum

Corner West & Aliwal Street, Durban 4001, South Africa
+27 31 207 4547
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Colonial History in Abundance

This museum gives an insight into the colonial era and on show are many crafts and costumes... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
GordonW318
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Gloucester, United Kingdom
dissapointing

The old museum had a spectacular display of early colonial history , which has been replaced with a... read more

Reviewed 6 September 2017
Russ P
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Greater London, United Kingdom
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Corner West & Aliwal Street, Durban 4001, South Africa
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+27 31 207 4547
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum gives an insight into the colonial era and on show are many crafts and costumes illustrating Durban's many cultures.

Thank GordonW318
Reviewed 6 September 2017

The old museum had a spectacular display of early colonial history , which has been replaced with a tribute to the armed struggle, I certainly hope that the amazing collection of clothing has been preserved and not destroyed. Dont waste your time going to see...More

1  Thank Russ P
Reviewed 16 May 2017

This is the place Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi used to go as a barrister in SA while he was there. Now, this has been converted as a museum of Durban's history, with very little on Gandhi himself. But it quite a well kept small museum with...More

Thank Jayan T
Reviewed 17 April 2017

Built in mid 1860's, this is the oldest building in Durban and has seen its fair share of history. Once a courthouse, it was loop holed during the Anglo-Zulu war of 1879. it bore witness to South African wars, the two world wars, later it...More

2  Thank Dr_Saiful_67
Reviewed 1 February 2017

Others have correctly summarized the experiences to see on the two floors of this free museum. The building itself is as interesting as the exhibits. However, I was struck by the sign that explained that it was in this Courthouse that Gandhi was tossed out...More

1  Thank DougS51
Reviewed 12 January 2017

A small museum set in the original old court house. The displays are very disjointed and try to cover too much in very little detail or sequence. It would be good to see this space used to show the development of Durban from its inception,...More

1  Thank Janet M
Reviewed 9 January 2017

We visited as part of a walking tour and found it fascinating. A large amount of historical information and warrants allowing enough time to appreciate it. Free entry so perfect for travelling on a budget.

Thank Knobjunior1974
Reviewed 30 May 2016

Seeing displays of early life was helpful. There were less than 10 people here on a Saturday morning. I did not realise the history relating to WW 1 - there were photos and lots of information on wall displays. Wonderful friendly - I was looking...More

1  Thank 56KnowledgeHunter56
Reviewed 15 March 2016

the museum is aged and needs redoing all the same old place yes it has nice features only needs a reface

Thank kingsrest
Reviewed 15 January 2016

the old court house is a museum and was used as a city hall and court house it is a nice relaxing place to visit

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