Explore the Durban Local History Museums

Port Natal Maritime Museum


Backed by a panoramic view of Durban Harbour, the Port Natal Maritime Museum offers an insight into the influence of maritime culture on local life whilst also reflecting on the rigors and romance of lives lived at sea. Amazing voyages, dramatic tales and old yet inspiring collections form the basis of an unforgettable experience with attractions including the multi-ton floating vessels. These exhibits are the steam tug “JR More” as well as the minesweeper “SAS Durban” and together with other exhibits like the “Ulundi” and “NCS Challenger” offer families and tour groups hours of exploration, fun and education.

How to find the Port Natal Maritime Museum:

From the city centre travel down Aliwal street towards the harbour, if on foot cross the railway using the subway - the vessels yellow funnels and the entrance is directly ahead.

When driving, drive along the Esplanade towards the Yacht mole. Turn towards the yacht mole entrance, and turn left passing behind the Point Yacht Club, continue driving down the small road keeping the railway line on your left and the harbour on your right. The Maritime Museum will be clearly evident on your right just after the parking area. (Click here to see map)

Visiting Hours:

  • Monday to Saturday 08:30 to 16:00
  • Sundays and Public Holidays 11:00 to 16:00
  • Closed : Good Friday and Christmas Day

maritme01Entrance Fee: By donation

Parking: Parking is available adjacent to the museum.


The museum has outdoor seating under blue umbrellas ideal for enjoying the museums refreshments - cool drinks and chips are on sale.

Toilets are of the portable unisex type.

Maritime Parking:

The adjacent maritime parking space is a good venue for entertainment and other events, but arrangements must be made in advance with the museum.

Nearest refreshments and shops:

At the BAT Centre or in the central business district


The BAT Centre has an entertainment and refreshment area, with dedicated work areas and galleries for artists. The shops sell a variety of unique arts and crafts, many having been produced by the local artists. The BAT Centre is located about 200 meters from the museum.

Boat trips are also provided by local operators near the museum.

Friends of the Port Natal Maritime Museum:

A group of maritime enthusiasts has recently been formed. Members are involved in various projects at the museum. For more information contact the Boat and Site Supervisor.


About Us

The Durban Local History Museums Trust is a Trust established to assist the Durban Local History Museums in attaining its objectives.

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