The Voortrekker Museum / Msunduzi Museum site is unique in that it has two museums in close proximity re-interpreting the same events. Visitors are therefore exposed to different interpretations and points of view.
The Ncome Museum building was designed in the shape of buffalo horns, which was the formation, initiated by King Shaka kaSenzangakhona, in which the Zulu army attacked. The Museum came into being in 1999 as part of the National Governmentâ€™s Legacy project of preserving the histories of all people of South Africa.
The museum offers a re-interpretation of the 1838 battle and Zulu culture in general. The rich symbolism of the Zulu language is captured through items on display. In the Museum grounds are a Zulu war horn formation display, isisivivane (cairn) and a reed â€œgardenâ€.
The museum is surrounded by a historical landscape directly relating to the 1838 battle.
On 28 July 2014, 10:00, the Msunduzi Museum will be commemorating 100 years since the outbreak of World War I and 75 years since World War II. They have invited 2 speakers to come and present talks. One of the speakers is Mr. Ganes Pillay who focuses on the involvement of Indians, Coloureds and Africans in both these wars. The other speaker is Patrick Voorma, an extreme diver who has found a â€˜lostâ€™ World War II submarine.
The museum is also planning to launch a guide to World War I & II related sites in and around Pietermaritzburg, as well as a small exhibition on the day.
Enquiries can be directed to Elrica Henning +27 (0)33 394 6834.