TALANA MUSEUM, BATTLEFIELD AND HERITAGE PARK
Contact Talana Museum telephone 27-
fax 27 -
Saturdays, Sundays and Public holidays 10:00 – 16:30
Closed 25, 26 December.
Entrance fee Adults R25 Scholars R2
Miners Rest Restaurant 27-
"Talana" meaning "the shelf where precious items are stored" is a fitting name for
Lonely monuments, a quiet cemetery and a magnificent museum in parklike grounds display our history for your education and enjoyment.
The museum exhibits dramatically depict the conflict between Zulu, Boer and Brit. The exhibits on coal mining preserve this proud and unique heritage. The magnificent collection of glass from around the world and South Africa and the superb collection of beadwork represents the cultures of our country.
The superb bronze statue and memorialof Mahatma Ghandi offers a place of quiet contemplation and reflection of his contribution to humanity.
We offer research archives; conference venues; registered guides for tours of the museum and battlefields, quality locally produced items in the Museum Shop and delicious meals in the Miners’ Rest restaurant.
Spread over 180 acres and with numerous buildings, Zulu village and craft centres, you are welcome to sit quietly on one of the many benches placed around the museum, absorb the serenity of our beautiful and historic surroundings, or just admire the prolific birdlife and indigenous trees.
Annual events include “Creations” Arts and Crafts show in October; the Ghost walk on the anniversary of the battle 20 October; the Ghandi walk on the first Saturday of August and the Christmas in Africa programme of lights in the museum buildings and grounds for the month of December.
A new addition to Talana museum is a traditional Zulu village.
Kwakunje translates as “It was like this” and here Zulu culture and lifestyle is portrayed..
Visitors are able to experience Zulu dancing, singing, drumming, crafters at work and interact with crafters, guides and storytellers.
There is a fee payable to Kwakunje village for the various programmes offered.
Visiting hours same as the museum. Open evenings by request.
Pottery, basket weaving, beadwork, sewing and traditional Zulu crafts are currently produced. Watching the crafters at work introduces visitors to the timeless production of African style crafts and Zulu heritage.
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