Phansi Museum
Phansi Museum
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Monday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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Cala084
Malmö, Sweden54 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2014
If you want a interesting and well visualized summary of the artifacts in the Zulu culture (and other particular neighbours as well) you got to go. Do call in advance and get a guided tour - it is as charming and knowledgable as you can hope for. Certainly recommend it!
After the visit we went to the Afrcan Art center on Florida Rd and all the items sold there suddenly made sence.
Written April 23, 2014
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Kim H
Cape Town Central, South Africa14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2012 • Friends
What an astonishing hidden treasure housed in a beautifully restored national monument. A must see for any African art and craft enthusiasts. The collection, tastefully curated and displayed, unfolds in a rich and seamless way from the basement and over 3 floors of Roberts House, a Victorian National Monument. Jam packed with everything from ear plugs, carved wooden head rests and walking sticks to glorious embroidery and traditional beadwork. The top floor houses a grand finale of life size puppets clothed in traditional beadwork and ceremonial outfits creating a wonderful snapshot of the different styles from regions all across Southern Africa. I was expecting an average collection with some hidden gems and was pleasantly surprised by an explosion of passion for African craft. Just superb.
Written November 17, 2013
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unguidedmissal
unguidedmissal162 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2015 • Couples
One needs an appointment to see this and we had one but when we arrived, we discovered that it was a holiday but, no problem, the founder Paul Mikula would take us through. That kind of place. Devoted to maintaining and supporting traditional Zulu culture and educating the public about it. Set in a lovely old building, there are three floors just jam packed with Zulu traditional crafts (beadwork, wire work, pottery, fabric, etc.). We spent three hours but could have easily spent more. If you have even a passing interest in traditional culture and, particularly Zulu culture, this place is not to be missed. We weren't asked for an entrance fee. There was a donation box at the door. There's a collection of books on Zulu culture for sale. Go.
Written December 31, 2015
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Janice P
High Point, NC120 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2015 • Couples
Phansi Museum is a small museum containing a vast collection of work from natives of the region. There is so much to see in such a small area but well worth the time to closely examine the many items. The director gave us a tour, private as there were no other guests. She explained the items and the culture of the people. We could have spend hours there however, we did have a ship to catch. If you would enjoy an unusual experience without crowds and enjoy a leisurely look at artifacts of the past, I would recommend the Phansi as a worthwhile place to visit.
Written December 29, 2015
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Manfred M
9 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Interresting. Very interresting indeed.
This place is not a normal museum because it is more like a private collection. We had wonderful lady as our tour guide who really knew everything about Zulu culture. We even saw some Zulu dancing presented by her during our tour.
Worthwile to visit especially if you are interested in Zulu history. Even our teens had patience to stay focused whole 30min tour
Written February 27, 2015
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PePe
London, UK85 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2014 • Solo
Situated in the city centre in a fully restored Victorian House this museum is perfect for people who only have a few hours to spare and want to know more about authentic African artefact.
The wonderful Phumzile will take you around and will explain to you with excellent communication skills the history of the items, what they were used for and in which traditional ceremony were displayed. The vast collection is exquisitely presented, unfold harmoniously over several floors and culminate in in a large room where many colourful costumes are shown over life-size puppets.
Well worth a visit, for the beauty and intricate nature of the items on show but also for the information and perspective on the various ethnic South African groups, their fascinating beliefs, values and relationship.
Written April 11, 2014
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docmock
Atlanta, GA4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2014 • Friends
The artifacts here were unbelievable and the museum 'narrator' helped make them come alive. We particularly enjoyed her description of several of the well-displayed costumes using life-size puppets as she showed us the differences in the various ethnic groups. Our visit to South Africa was most enjoyable, but we were sometimes disappointed in the "cultural shows" that were staged to introduce the various tribes to us. Our advice is to skip the staged events and spend your time in this museum. Here you will really learn about the traditions and artifacts of the tribes of South Africa.

Because we were on a tour, we did not spend as much time here as we would have liked and we are not sure whether a casual visitor has someone who will explain the museum to them. As the museum now exists, many of the artifacts are not explained due to lack of funding, but the quality of the items is worth seeing regardless of whether a guide is present. Visit the museum at www.phansi.com
Written March 27, 2014
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hobbitrsa
Romford, UK420 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017
I didn't enjoy my experience, it wasn't fulfilling , nor rewarding in any way, an absolute waste of a good few hours.
Written October 2, 2017
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Heidi d
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2016 • Business
Having read about the Phansi Museum in Durban while planning our trip to South Africa, I couldn't have imagined what a jewel we would come upon when we toured this interesting museum. Tucked away in a residential area the museum is filled with a plethora of truly exquisite artifacts from Zulu as welll as other South African indigenous cultures. The collection is housed in an old Victorian home transformed with the love, passion and respect for the history of these cultures by Paul Mikula. Paul welcomed us and took us on a once in a lifetime museum experience. His stories, knowledge of the art and craft with which he clearly holds so close to his heart and his generosity is something I will never forget. If you are in Durban, take the time to visit Phansi Museum and tell others about it too! Thank you Paul!!
Written December 6, 2016
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missvee79
Berkshire, UK20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2015 • Couples
The collection of Zulu cultural artefacts is incredible and housed in such an unassuming space, but it is Phumzile, the assistant curator who guides the tour that makes this special. Knowledgeable, passionate and engaging, she gives insight into Zulu culture and her own personal experience. Truly amazing. You need to phone to book a tour. Do it.
Written January 8, 2015
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