Pinetown Museum is a multi-cultural museum featuring a range of topics. Outlining several aspects of the surrounding region, the museum provides an overview of the development of the Pinetown region from prehistory to modern times.
Local history features include well-known settlers and characters from the region dating from the mid 19th century, awards from the first Rand Show, the development of the Paradise Valley waterworks and Edwardian funiture and other paraphenalia.
Zulu craft, from beadwork, traditional weapons and plumage to more modern developments in customs and tradition give insight into the diversity of local culture.
There are several natural history displays, with exhibits on poisonous snakes, flora, small mammals and birdlife that occur in the region.
Anthropology is also a central theme, focusing on the evolution of man. The exhibit includes a replica of the famous ‘Mrs Ples’ skull, and Australopithecus Africanus, an early hominid discovered on the Highveld, estimated to have existed over two and a half million years ago. The collection includes stone-age tools and artifacts, and insights into life in earliest civilizations. Aspects of local Indian culture are also represented in this interesting museum.