On arrival, the museum tour manager will lead the guests around the 3-story museum for an hour while explaining the origins of the varied collection of artefacts. The exhibits include: beadwork from South African tribes, the Shona from Swaziland, the Himba and the Herero from Namibia, 30 spectacular life-size puppets, about 300 beer pots, tobacco pipes, telephone wire baskets, ceremonial and medicinal items dating from the present back to the mid19th century and traditional healers figures. After the creative headrush, guests will be served a drink before sitting down for the food tasting. We present and explain the origins and ingredients of each dish. The food offering is from a selection of popular traditional African dishes with a modern twist from countries like Ethiopia, Morocco, South Africa, Nigeria, Rwanda and more. South Africa on its own has countless different tribes and traditions. Its colonial history means that over the centuries, it has seen an influx of other cultures that have influenced its traditional cuisine. This session is characterised by interactive entertainment where guests are encouraged to sing along to traditional music, dance and play indigenous games.
Paul - originally from Germany, is a Durban-based architect, who founded the Phansi museum in 2000 as a repository of cultural heritage and customs. He is a co-founder of the Bartle Arts Trust (BAT) Centre, director of the Durban Music School, and trustee of the African Art Centre. Balu- a former journalist, is a social enterpriser who has been offering social dining experiences as a platform where family, friends, and strangers share interests, cultural diversity and encourage social cohesion .
organic traditional sorghum beer.
Phansi Museum is a three-story Victorian building built in 1898 - one of the few domestic national historic monuments in Durban. The museum exhibits include artefacts from various southern African tribes including the Zulu, Xhosa, Ndebele, Shona from Swaziland, Himba, and Herero from Namibia. These reflect social identity, tradition, and spirituality. In-house, there's a craft shop filled with products produced by local african women.
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An empty stomach and thirst for traditional african fun.
Food selection accommodates vegetarian and meat-lovers equally. We advise that you dress casually and comfortably for the museum tour of 3 floors. Bring a healthy appetite
Cultural museum serves Pan-African food