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Address: Corner West & Aliwal Street, Durban 4001, South Africa
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+27 31 207 4547

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Need to spend a fair amount of time there to really appreciate everything that is there. I love the upstairs part (go look yourself, not giving anything away...) The curio shop... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 30 April 2012
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Durban, South Africa
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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2017

Others have correctly summarized the experiences to see on the two floors of this free museum. The building itself is as interesting as the exhibits. However, I was struck by the sign that explained that it was in this Courthouse that Gandhi was tossed out of court for refusing to wear his turban.

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Preston, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017

A small museum set in the original old court house. The displays are very disjointed and try to cover too much in very little detail or sequence. It would be good to see this space used to show the development of Durban from its inception, explaining how the infrastructure was designed and the input of the colonials, especially the layout... More 

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Thank Janet M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

We visited as part of a walking tour and found it fascinating. A large amount of historical information and warrants allowing enough time to appreciate it. Free entry so perfect for travelling on a budget.

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2016

Seeing displays of early life was helpful. There were less than 10 people here on a Saturday morning. I did not realise the history relating to WW 1 - there were photos and lots of information on wall displays. Wonderful friendly - I was looking to get a taxi back. Woman attendant suggested a local mini bus, walked me to... More 

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Durban, South Africa
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2016

the museum is aged and needs redoing all the same old place yes it has nice features only needs a reface

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Durban, South Africa
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2016

the old court house is a museum and was used as a city hall and court house it is a nice relaxing place to visit

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2015

Although small, the old court house museum in downtown Durban is worth the visit. It features various displays from an old collection of car models and dolls to a feature on the lives of South African lawmakers/lawyers who were movers and shakers in their own right. The second floor also has life-sized dioramas of what a small town in Durban... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 May 2012

Half of the downstairs area is devoted to radio broadcasts in zulu during the apartheid era! The other half to how ready Durban is for the World Cup (which happened two years ago). Upstairs you can view a collection of miniature ships, and (the only thing I found worthwhile) 3 homes/shops from the early days of Durban

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Durban, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2012

Need to spend a fair amount of time there to really appreciate everything that is there. I love the upstairs part (go look yourself, not giving anything away...) The curio shop part needs to keep a wider variety of gifts (like they did a couple of years ago).

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Thank Chinx259
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2012

Very old quaint building very colonial but a great visit.

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