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Phansi Museum

Phansi Museum Tours and Activities

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Durban's Phansi Museum is a treasure of South African artifacts, both historic and contemporary, and is known as one of the world’s largest collections of South African arts and crafts. Originally located in the basement of a private home, the museum’s name Phansi translates to “below” or “beneath” and serves as a nod to that meager beginning. Today, the collection occupies three floors of a converted Victorian house.

Among the exhibits at the Phansi Museum are examples of beadwork, baskets woven from telephone wire, wooden serving platters, snuff boxes and pipes, carved statues, blankets and fertility dolls. The top floor has a display of life-sized marionettes wearing ceremonial costumes.

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41 Cedar Rd Berea 4001, Durban, South Africa
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Durban City Sightseeing Tour

Durban City Sightseeing Tour

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Take a Durban City sightseeing tour to get to know a city built by Zulu tribes, colonial settlers, and Indians who came during the 19th century to work as indentured servants. Learn more about how this diversity has shaped Durban.
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  • 3 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$40.41
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Durban City Tour

Durban City Tour

Enjoy an exciting tour of our vibrant and captivating city and experience it's cultural mix, energy and history. Get to learn about how the city developed from a mere settlement to the modern city of today, including the personalities who contributed to it's history.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Durban Arts Quarter Half-Day Tribal Art and Street Art Tour

Durban Arts Quarter Half-Day Tribal Art and Street Art Tour

Meet the dancing curator of the city’s largest collection of tribal art, tap into indigenous knowledge systems and South African traditional culture. KZNSA is a renowned contemporary art gallery which exhibits and markets local artists. Stroll through this thought provoking space with a KZNSA art specialist who will offer insight into the works exhibited. “Mooki Lion or Dane Stops” — our local street artists and fine art graduates — will help you unlock the trendy suburb of Glenwood on foot as you track down the public portfolios of graffiti and local street artists. Camera ready? Tastebuds ready for a Durban curry tasting? (own cost)
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Durban in a Moment: Botanical Gardens, Tribal Museums & Traditional Markets

Durban in a Moment: Botanical Gardens, Tribal Museums & Traditional Markets

Explore SA’s oldest Botanical Gardens with a horticulturalist who’ll introduce you to their unique collection of plants and secret to invisibility. Meet the dancing curator of the city’s largest collection of tribal art, tap into indigenous beliefs and South African traditional culture. The Markets of Warwick are home to over 5 000 vendors which 460 000 commuters pass through by daily. It’s time to tap into this beating heart of the city and unlock the soul of the Victoria Street Market — the Muti Bridge. Visit Asiye Etafuleni — the NGO protecting the rights of traders — to understand the significance of this space to the city and her people. Finish the day with a Durban bunny chow at an award winning local foodie hotspot on Helen Joseph Road (own cost).
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Full-Day Zulu Cultural Tour from Durban with Food Tasting

Full-Day Zulu Cultural Tour from Durban with Food Tasting

Today is all about context, immersion and relevance. We will start where all things should, at the beginning. Meet the dancing curator of Phansi Museum who will introduce you to a vast collection of indigenous art and crafts before sampling Pan African Cuisine. Time to head to Isithumba — a living Zulu cultural village. A local resident will help you to explore the village on foot as you begin to understand a different way of life. If the ancestors are kind you may even meet the village chief or the local spiritual healer for an immersive exchange. The Markets of Warwick are our final stop. This curious quarter represents the beating heart of indigenous culture. Meet the Lime and Imphepho Gogos (female elders) and watch them create their goods before you witness the culture shock that is Muthi Bridge or as we like to call it — “Sangoma Central”. Unlock this mysterious place and get a feel for where the culture is heading.
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  • 8 hours
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What are Phansi Museum hours of operation?
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Phansi Museum hours of operation: Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. only by appointment.. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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Should I book Phansi Museum tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Phansi Museum can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 5 Phansi Museum tickets and tours on Viator.
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How much does it cost to visit Phansi Museum 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Phansi Museum costs USD 40.41. Guided Phansi Museum tours start around USD 40.41 per person. See all 5 Phansi Museum tickets and tours on Viator.
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