About half an hours drive from Durban is a thriving industrial and commercial town named after Sir Benjamin Pine, Governor of Natal (1873-75). At the heart of the town and just off the main road lies the Pinetown Library complex housing both the a library and a small yet interesting museum.
A range of topics are featured in the museum which focuses on local history. Displays reflect the cultural diversity of Pinetown, comfortably showcasing Zulu material culture alongside aspects of early settler history. Anthropology is also covered in the museum and a replica of the famous ‘Mrs Ples’ is displayed alongside stone-age tools and artefacts, while between the library and the museum are various cases containing Natural Science exhibits.
Visitors en route to or from Durban exploring the various museums in the vicinity might well consider visiting the Pinetown Museum and Westville Museum as part of a tour.
How to find the Pinetown Museum:
From Durban drive on the freeway to Pietermaritzburg, follow sign boards to Pinetown and take the Alternative Route (not the toll road). Leave the freeway at Pinetown turn right cross over the freeway. Continue straight until you reach the Main Road. Turn left onto Main Road, cross one set of traffic lights then at the second set of lights turn left again, keep left, the library and museum complex is on your left, find parking in the small one way street directly on your left and enter the complex.
- 09:00 to 17:00 Monday to Friday
- 09:00 to 12:00 Saturdays
- Closed: Sundays and Public Holidays
Entrance Fee: Free
Parking: Street parking is close by.
Facilities: Public toilets in complex.
Nearest refreshments and shops: Nearby in the Pinetown central business district.
Other: The Pinetown Library is located in the same complex.