Phansi Museum

Top choice in Durban

Found southwest of the city centre, this museum features a private collection of Southern African tribal artefacts, displayed in Roberts House, a Victorian monument. Owner-collector Paul Mikula has amassed outstanding examples of contemporary sculptures, beadwork of KwaZulu-Natal, carved statues, and artefacts from pipes to fertility dolls. Bookings required.

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