uMkhumbane / Cato Manor Cultural & Heritage Museum in University, Berea, KwaZulu-Natal
Award Winning Museum
Just 7 km from Durban city centre is the suburb of Cato Manor, also known as “uMkhumbane” and considered one of the world’s largest forced removal sites and the ideal location for the R80 million uMkhumbane (Cato Manor) Cultural and Heritage Museum.
The cultural and heritage museum has been a project since 2011 and is being built in three phases. The first was the tomb of the Queen Mother, the second phase was the development of the uMkhumbane (Cato Manor) Museum and the third, to create a hub for Cato Manor which includes an amphitheatre. The Museum was built to celebrate Zulu heritage and provides the opportunity for contemporary culture and powerful heritage to converge.
The Museum vividly exhibits the stark realities of evictions, rebellion, riots and suppression and houses interactive exhibitions and collections that will showcase the Zulu culture and the role played by the Zulu Kingdom in the country’s liberation and in achieving peace in the province and the country. A focus on the ‘Durban System’, which was administered and implemented by city officials, links themes explored here to the Kwa Muhle Museum, providing visitors with an ideal opportunity to explore the city’s history by visiting both museums!
The Museum, designed by Choromanski Architects, has recently won the first Africa Architecture Award. It won the $10 000 (R135 000) prize at the awards held at the new Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa in Cape Town in September 2017.
Things to see and do
- Queen Thomozile’s Memorial
- Forced Removal Museum Exhibits
- Black & White Photographic Print Exhibit
- News clipping & Historical Accounts
- Eviction Letters & Documents
- uMkhumbane Square & Amphitheatre
- Cato Manor Freedom Park
Please confirm entrance fees directly with the Museum
Closed on Weekends & Public Holidays
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