​The Natural Science Museum has become a fundamental and necessary institution which supports the growth and development of both aesthetic and educational functions.

Museum Education is the centre of museum activities. The Education Officers develop, deliver and evaluate programmes and events often designed to act as learning resources and to engage those who may or may not have access to the Museum. There is a wide range of learning activities and experiences across all ages. These include guided tours, self-guided tours, curriculum-linked gallery programmes aimed at FET phase learners, biodiversity educator workshops, holiday programmes, museum sleepovers, outreach activities and public seminars on a wide-range of topics.

Our most recent and exciting development has been our GO WILD Mobile Museum. We have established the needs of our schools and communities and have rolled out our services to schools and the community.


Programmes offered for in reach and outreach:

 
Holiday Programmes
 
 
Night at the Museum
Ever wonder what it is like to spend a night at the Museum? The Natural Science Museum hosts this event annually. It provides a unique opportunity to children aged between 7-12 years to experience the Museum like they have never seen it before – it is designed to ignite the interest of children in science and the natural environment through a fun filled and engaging experience.
 
 
International Museum Day (IMD)
 
This is an annual celebration in promoting the role of museums within society. International Museum Day is celebrated globally to raise awareness on the importance of museums in the development of society. The theme chosen for 2018 is "Hyper-connected museums: New approaches, New publics".  The focus of this year’s celebration is to introduce social media platforms within the Ethekwini Museum spaces.  The increasing role of social media in everyday life serves as the basis of connectivity between the museum and its publics moving forward. The aim of this is to use the empowerment of the web/social media platforms to co​mmunicate with our users globally, and for them to have access to information pertaining to our ongoing programmes and other educational activities. The introduction of the Ethekwini museums webpage and #DurbanMuseumsOnline which will serve to provide content information and interactive tools to the users to connect with us daily.
 
 
National Science Week (NSW)
 
NSW is an initiative by the Department of Science and Technology and it is an annual countrywide celebration. This celebration is conducted in collaboration with higher education institutions, science centres, government departments as well as non-governmental organisations.
Each year a different theme is chosen and activities are centered on the theme. It is celebrated in the first week of August. Our aim is to engage and inspire the community thus promoting science and highlighting its importance in our daily lives.
 

Learner and Public Seminars
 
This is an informative event that focuses on all current, significant biodiversity topics, but most importantly they present a great platform for networking and productive partnership opportunities and developments.
 
Magqubu Ntombela – Ian Player Annual Lecture
In 2010 we had our inaugural Magqubu Ntombela – Ian Player lecture, the guest speaker at this lecture was the renowned conservationist Dr Ian Player. The purpose of these annual lectures is to provide a forum for prominent and distinguished speakers who are leaders in the field of biodiversity conservation, science and social science to address the general public on the subject of the environment, culture and social cohesion. These lectures are aimed at honoring the friendship between Magqubu Ntombela and Dr Ian Player that lasted over decades and which played a significant role in the conservation of South Africa’s biodiversity. This lecture series is committed to encouraging the youth of today-the future leaders of our country- to embrace nature and protect our heritage and to support conservation and community-based projects. These lectures are also dedicated to increasing conservation awareness amongst all the people of Southern Africa, to exemplify how one can live harmoniously, practically and spiritually with our land, with each other and within ourselves.
 
 
KwaNunu Exhibition
 
Durban Natural Science Museum (NSM) runs an interactive exhibition called “KwaNunu –Place of the Animals” every year. The purpose of this exhibition is to showcase South Africa’s incredible by using carefully constructed and managed displays that can appeal to all. The objective of this exhibition is: to promote broad public awareness, understanding, appreciation, dialogue and debate about all aspects of the natural sciences and their contribution to humanity.
 
We invite other environmental organizations to be part of this exciting. The public is exposed to cutting-edge research and interactions between professionals and amateur enthusiasts; all with an underlying message of conservation and respect for living things.
 

Volunteer Training Programme
 
Do you want to contribute to your community in the fields of science education and tourism? Do you have some qualifications in the fields of conservation, tourism or marketing but cannot find a job and would like to gain extra skills? Or maybe you have some experience in the above fields? Would you like to work in a museum, or are you a student looking for a work placement, or you just have some time to spare? Would you like to try something new to do this year? Then volunteering could just be the opportunity you have been looking for.
As a volunteer you can make an important contribution to the Durban Natural Science Museum working on different projects. This could be helping in one of our many departments or increasing our visitor's enjoyment and understanding of our collections. We are looking for people who have a matric with Life Sciences (Biology), some qualification and or experience in the fields of conservation, travel and tourism, marketing or education. Please look for the official public later this year.