The Durban Art Deco Society (founded in 1999) is a small group of enthusiastic people who try to encourage owners of Art Deco style buildings to be aware of their Art Deco heritage, offer advice on restoration / repainting, and organise lectures / tours, etc. The society also has a room at Surrey Mansions where archival information and their collection of books about Art Deco are kept – this is open to members and interested persons at specific times. Durban has a number of very fine examples of this important style, mostly residential blocks built between 1930 and 1940, and include among others: Broadwindsor and Manhattan Court in Dr Yusuf Dadoo Street; Enterprise Building in Samora Machel Street; Victoria Mansions and Willern Court on Margaret Mncadi Avenue; Berea Court on Berea Road, Cheviot Court in Musgrave Road and Surrey Mansions in Currie Road.
One of South Africa’s smallest but busiest natural science museums, it is renowned for its realistic dioramas (habitat groups), life size T. rex model, near-complete Dodo skeleton and Egyptian mummy, Peten Amen. We are open to the public 363 days a year and admission is free!
Founded on July 23rd 1887, the Museum celebrated its 120th anniversary in 2007/08 and these celebrations culminated in the sealing of two time capsules on the 23 September 2008 in celebration of its contributions to the conservation of natural heritage. The first time capsule will be opened in 2057 (49 years time) and the second will be opened in 2087 on the occasion of the Museums bicentennial celebrations.
The Durban Natural Science Museum is one of the smallest of South Africa’s science museums and is the only one of its kind funded by a local authority – the eThekwini Municipality. It opens to the public 363 days a year and admission is free. It is one of the most utelised science museums in Southern Africa, with an average of 295 000 visitors per year (average calculated from 1993 to 2007).