This museum is located in the center of the town and examines Durban's history. The museum focuses on the history of racial laws in Durban, and is housed in the former Department of Native Affairs building. Photographs and video exhibits examine the political and social struggles that characterized the apartheid period and the colonial period before it.
A short distance to the east of the Dick King statue at the bottom of Gardiner Street is the Maritime museum. It is set on-board three South African ships - two tug boats, the Ulundi and the JR More, and a minesweeper, the SAS Durban. There are artifacts, photographs and memorabilia relating to Durbans long-standing relationship with the sea, and what better place to house such a museum, than on three seafaring vessels. As a result, the whole experience gives even the hardiest landlubber a taste of the sea.
Housed inside the Muckleneuk, the Campbell Collections comprises of Killie Campbell African Library, William Campbell Furniture and Picture Collection and the Mashu Museum of Ethnology and the Jo Thorpe collection. The Campbell Collections was established by an artist and an eminent art collector William Campbell. The collection now belongs to the University of KwaZulu-Natal and is a must see for all those who visiting the campus. To know more about the place, check the website.
This eccentrically named museum (Memorable Order of Tin Hats) holds a collection of military insignia, equipment and weapons, mostly dating back to World War II. The museum is small but conveniently located to the park, which contains the model of 'the old fort' and its simple defenses. This is the site where Afrikaaners laid siege to a superior British force, and the location for the Warrior's Gate Monument to fallen servicemen. There is a pub on-site at the museum.