Backed by a panoramic view of Durban Harbour, the Port Natal Maritime Museum offers an insight into the influence of maritime culture on local life whilst also reflecting on the rigours and romance of lives lived at sea. Amazing voyages, dramatic tales and old yet inspiring collections form the basis of an unforgettable experience with attractions including the multi-ton floating vessels.
These exhibits are the steam tug “JR More” as well as the minesweeper “SAS Durban” and together with other exhibits like the “Ulundi” and “NCS Challenger” offer families and tour groups hours of exploration, fun and education.
How to find the Port Natal Maritime Museum:
From the city centre travel down Aliwal street towards the harbour, if on foot cross the railway using the subway – the vessels yellow funnels and the entrance is directly ahead.
When driving, drive along the Esplanade towards the Yacht mole. Turn towards the yacht mole entrance, and turn left passing behind the Point Yacht Club, continue driving down the small road keeping the railway line on your left and the harbour on your right. The Maritime Museum will be clearly evident on your right just after the parking area.
08:30 to 16:00 Monday to Saturday
11:00 to 16:00 Sundays and Public Holidays
Closed: Good Friday and Christmas Day
Entrance Fee: By donation
Parking: Parking is available adjacent to the museum.
The museum has outdoor seating under blue umbrellas ideal for enjoying the museums refreshments – cool drinks and chips are on sale.
Toilets are of the portable unisex type.
The adjacent maritime parking space is a good venue for entertainment and other events, but arrangements must be made in advance with the museum.
Nearest refreshments and shops:
At the BAT Centre or in the central business district
The BAT Centre has an entertainment and refreshment area, with dedicated work areas and galleries for artists. The shops sell a variety of unique arts and crafts, many having been produced by the local artists. The BAT Centre is located about 200 metres from the museum.
Boat trips are also provided by local operators near the museum.