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Old Court House Museum

Corner West & Aliwal Street, Durban 4001, South Africa
+27 31 207 4547
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Historically important building which gives you a glimpse of Durban's history

This is the place Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi used to go as a barrister in SA while he was there... read more

Reviewed 16 May 2017
Jayan T
Bengaluru, India
Old Court House Museum in Durban.

Built in mid 1860's, this is the oldest building in Durban and has seen its fair share of history... read more

Reviewed 17 April 2017
Dhaka City, Bangladesh
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Corner West & Aliwal Street, Durban 4001, South Africa
+27 31 207 4547
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Reviewed 16 May 2017

This is the place Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi used to go as a barrister in SA while he was there. Now, this has been converted as a museum of Durban's history, with very little on Gandhi himself. But it quite a well kept small museum with...More

Thank Jayan T
Reviewed 17 April 2017

Built in mid 1860's, this is the oldest building in Durban and has seen its fair share of history. Once a courthouse, it was loop holed during the Anglo-Zulu war of 1879. it bore witness to South African wars, the two world wars, later it...More

Thank Dr_Saiful_67
Reviewed 1 February 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...More

Thank DougS51
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,...More

Thank Janet M
Reviewed 10 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.

Thank Knobjunior1974
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...More

Thank 56KnowledgeHunter56
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

Thank kingsrest
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

Thank kingsrest
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...More

1  Thank Luc V
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...More

Thank LobolaLodge
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