National History Museum

Museum publications digitized

The Museum produces a scientific journal Navorsinge van die Nasionale Museum and a magazine, Culna.  The magazine contains popular articles written by staff members on various Museum-related subjects as well as highlights of the past year and is published annually.  Navorsinge van die Nasionale Museum publishes peer-reviewed scientific papers in the natural sciences and humanities, with varying numbers of papers produced as separate parts each year. 

The first paper to be published in Navorsinge, “Seldsame papiernote, goedvore en bewysstukke van die Oranje-Vrystaat in die versameling van die Nasionale Museum” by Dr A.C. Hoffman, appeared in 1952.  Since then, 258 papers have been published up to December 2012.

Culnawas originally known as “Nasionale Museum Nuus / National Museum News” and the first issue was printed in 1971.  In 1990 the name changed to Culna, derived from CULture and NAture. 

All issues of both these publications are now available in digital format through the assistance of the African Journal Archive.  The African Journal Archive is a project of Sabinet Gateway, a non-profit organisation promoting and supporting library and information services in Africa.  The project is funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

The scanned documents of Culna and Navorsinge will be uploaded onto the National Museum website in due course.  In the interim, papers (see Contents here here may be requested from the National Museum Library ina [at] nasmus [dot] co [dot] za.  Some of the more recently published articles are already available at