The Luthuli Museum
Did you know?
In 1956 Luthuli was arrested on charges of treason. He was later acquitted.
The Luthuli Museum was established in honour of the contribution made to South Africa and her people by the late Nobel laureate Chief Albert John Mvumbi Luthuli.
This historic museum was officially opened in August 2004. It incorporates Chief Albert Luthuli's home, built in 1927 and later declared a national monument. The street in which the museum is located, Nokukhanya Luthuli Street, is named after Luthuli's wife.
Manicured lawns and shady trees welcome visitors to the museum and provide a serene setting in which to reflect on the achievements of one of South Africa's most influential political figures.
Among the many displays are a variety of photographs of early anti-apartheid veterans of the day, including Luthuli. A striking, life-size replica figure of Luthuli sits on a chair just inside the front door of the museum, maintaining a palpable presence many years after his death.
Adjacent to Luthuli's homestead is a modern interpretative centre that hosts temporary art and cultural exhibitions. The Luthuli Museum also provides customised educational tours for student groups, as well as art and poetry programmes.
In his autobiography Let My People Go, Luthuli described himself as a 'compulsive football fan'. With this in mind, an outdoor soccer exhibition illustrating his interest in the beautiful game and his administrative role in the sport has been assembled by the Luthuli Museum.
The first African to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, in honour of his passive resistance against apartheid, Luthuli has been described as 'a leader ahead of his time'. He left behind a powerful legacy of non-violence, non-racialism, democracy and respect for human rights.
Travel tips & Planning info
Who to contact
Tel: +27 (0)32 559 6822
Fax: +27 (0)32 559 6806
How to get here
The Luthuli Museum is located at 3233 Nokukhanya Luthuli Street, KwaDukuza. From Durban travel north on the N2, taking the Groutville off-ramp. Follow the Groutville Link Road until the T-junction, then turn right onto the R102. Take the first left into Nokukhanya Luthuli Road. The museum is on the left.
Best time to visit
The Luthuli Museum is open Monday to Saturday from 8.30am to 4pm. Sundays and public holidays 11am to 3pm.
What will it cost
Entry is free, but visitors are welcome to make a donation.
Length of stay
An hour or two is sufficient time to stroll through the house and adjacent exhibition centre.
Various photographic and art exhibitions are on view at the centre next to the museum.
The museum has a limited supply of postcards, booklets and curios for sale.