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"Talana Museum Battlefield and Heritage Park"


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A silent battlefield, lonely monuments,a quiet cemetery, a magnificent museum, superb craft production and evocative cultural centres are reminders of our heritage.

"Talana" meaning "the shelf where precious items are stored" is an appropriate name for this large and varied museum.

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A silent battlefield, lonely monuments,

Museum exhibits on various themes 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. Local cultural history and agriculture are housed in the original settler buildings of Peter Smith, one of the founders of the town.

The superb bronze statue of Mahatma Gandhi offers a place of quiet contemplation and reflection of his contribution to mankind.


Now we are offering a different and new experience for our visitors. Traditional and modern craft is produced on site. Pottery, basket weaving, beading, and a sewing studio form part of a new aspect for visitors.

In the Kwakunje Cultural Village experience Zulu cultural life as it was. Hear the tales, explore the culture, enjoy traditional meals as you absorb the sounds and sights of life under the African sun.

Our history and culture is displayed for your education and enjoyment, so come and join us as we remember and respect our past, and the men and women who made it. 

Kwakunje Village

The museum offers a comprehensive research archive relating to the town, region, coal mining and military conflicts; conference venues; registered guides for Shosholoza and talana station historical and educational tours of the museum and surrounding battlefields; a self guided historical walk across the battlefield and Talana hill. Purchase quality locally produced products in the Museum Shop and Art Gallery and delicious meals, in the Miners’ Rest cottage restaurant. You are welcome to sit quietly on one of the many benches placed around the museum, absorb the serenity of our beautiful surroundings, or just admire the prolific birdlife and indigenous trees.

Spread over 180 acres and in more than 40 buildings Talana Museum is an unexpected and rewarding experience.

Visiting hours :Mon-Fri 08:00 - 16:30 | Sat/Sun/Pub Hols 10:00 -16:30

Closed On       : 25, 26 December.

Entrance fees :From R15  per adult : R2  per scholar

Talana Museum Annual events 2009

Museums weeks for schools

16-20 March

 01-05 June

17-21 August

Schools in our local area may contact the museum for details to apply for free visits.


28 June

Local Junior Rapportryers organise this cultural event. Music, performances, crafts, biltong, Afrikanerkos,

clay pigeon shooting, other entertainment.

Gandhi Walk

1 August

A 5km walk that begins and ends in the grounds of the Talana Museum commemorates the involvement of Mahatma Gandhi in our area and in South Africa

Opening of new display “Life and Times of Gandhi in our area

Ghost Walk

20 Oct

On the anniversary of the Battle of Talana a guided walk up Talana hill follows in the footsteps of the British troops.


With the Flag to Ladysmith

23 Oct – 25 Oct

Follow part of the route of the withdrawal of the British troops from Dundee to Ladysmith after the Battle of Talana. The weekend programme starts with a sunset parade at Talana Museum. Saturday and Sunday follow sections of the retreat route on foot, horse or 2 wheels.

Creations 2009

15 Oct – 8 Nov

Annual Arts and Crafts show and sale showcasing quality hand made products.

Christmas In Africa

4 Dec – 3 Jan 2009

Extravaganza of Christmas lights throughout the grounds of Talana Museum. Museum grounds open until 9pm daily.

Period decorated Christmas trees in certain museum exhibits. Different themed trees each year.

Second Saturday in December Evening Christmas Carols.

Talana Museum Battlefield & Heritage Park

Pam McFadden(Curator)

27 - 34- 2122654

27 - 34- 2122376

Pvt Bag 2024 Dundee 3000

Talana Museum

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