Nestled at the base of Talana Hill the museum is set in a 20 acre heritage park. The Zulu name "Talana" meaning "the shelf where precious items are stored" is a most appropriate name for this large and varied museum. The museum comprises 23 buildings, dedicated to subjects as diverse as war and agriculture, mining, industry and domestic life. We are situated just outside the town of Dundee, KwaZulu-Natal and are within short driving distances of some of the most famous battlefields in the country; Blood River, Rorkes Drift, Fugitives Drift, Isandlwana, Elandslaagte, Spioenkop, Colenso and the Siege of Ladysmith. Open 7 days a week, 363 days a year, the museum takes about 1/2 a day for a quick visit. We close on Christmas and Boxing day.
We are the national coal mining museum for SA and official archive depot for coal mining material relating to KZN. We also have a dedicated glass museum with pieces covering the last 300 hundred years of glass production (our oldest piece is over 2000 years old), We are now the new home of the Thembani collection which has been relocated from Mtonjaneni Lodge.