Today, the museum remains under the careful stewardship of a Board of Trustees drawn from the local community. It receives a subsidy from the Provincial Museum Service in the Office of the Premier of KwaZulu Natal, but otherwise raises funds by charging a small entrance fee and by selling high quality craft. The mission of the museum is clear:
To collect, preserve and exhibit the best available examples of the handwork and art of the Zulu people, and the work of others who influence or have been influenced by the Zulu culture; to preserve the knowledge of this culture for future generations; to ensure that this knowledge is accessible to all, especially children; and to create opportunities for crafters/artists of quality to market their skills.
Since the museum opened its doors in 1994, the Trustees have carried out their mission by purchasing outstanding pieces of craft for display, and by purchasing and selling other work to collectors worldwide. They have also discovered and promoted the work of such outstanding crafters as Nesta Nala, Reuben Ndwandwe, Laurentia Dlamini, Beauty Ngxongo, the Magwaza family, Angeline Masuku and Willis Nxumalo.
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