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This gallery displays artwork from the 1400s to the present, from locations as diverse as Europe, Asia, and Africa. The museum's permanent collection contains about 6,000 pieces, including prints, sculptures, paintings, jewelry, crafts, and glass. The collection is frequently supplemented by traveling exhibitions of both historical and contemporary art pieces. Conveniently located on the second floor of City Hall in the center of town, this gallery is a great place to go to learn more about the varied cultures and the history of this area as revealed through art.
Forming a part of the historical town center area is the imposing structure, the Durban City Hall. This is the second city hall to be built, the first being overtaken by the Durban Post Office. The hall was designed by architect Stanley G. Hudson who was inspired by the City Hall in Belfast, Ireland so much so that he replicated it. In 1910, the city hall was completed and sported an 'Edwardian Neo-Baroque' influences. You simply cannot miss out on this attraction, when visiting the city. Check the website or call ahead for more information.
Combine a trip to see the beautiful architecture of the Durban City Hall with a visit inside to see the exhibits that make up the Durban Natural Science Museum. This is a fascinating place for young and old alike, providing a first-hand introduction to the natural sciences, with a vast array of displays such as the life-size reconstruction of Tyrannosaurus Rex and the mummy of Peten-Amen who lived in Egypt some 2300 years ago. There is also the popular Kwazulwazi Science Centre, with models of human torsos, glowing rocks, computers, microscopes and much, much more to explore.
Kingsmead, officially known as Sahara Stadium, is home to the Natal provincial cricket team, which includes players such as the acrobatic fielder and batsman Jonty Rhodes. Kingsmead is also a regular venue for internationals. Tours take place regularly, but in general, cricket is a summer game - phone to find out what cricket is on and when, or pick up a season fixture card from the ground. The ground is located very close to the center of town on Old Fort Road, and has a capacity of 25,000.
Built during the 1920's in Tudor Revival style, Playhouse was taken over by the Performing Arts Council in the 1980's. The Company's mission is to provide cultural education and entertainment in both an African and international context. Within the complex there are several theaters which house a variety of productions simultaneously. Alongside the production and performance work of its Drama and Dance departments, the Company's Education and Development department has an active program, presenting mobile theater to schools. Inquire at the Tourist Junction about guided tours of the Playhouse. Call for performance schedule.
There are two small exhibition venues at the BAT center, which is a major center for arts and live entertainment in Durban. Photographic, paint, ceramic and weaving exhibitions have all been featured this year. The center participates in local festivals as well as professional and community arts. As a result, these two, small, exhibition areas are used for a wide variety of exhibits. The centre also features the work of artists in-residence. It is important to phone, or better still, to call in at the BAT center to discover what is currently on show. To find the BAT center, drive up Victoria Embankment with the sea on the left and just past the statue of Dick King turn left, over the railway line, turn left again and at the end of the road it is in front of you. Well worth the effort.