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» Dar es Salaam National Museum, Tanzania


The National Museum Dar es Salaam is the largest museum of Tanzania, housing collections and exhibitions from the various fields like - Biology, Ethnography, Archaeology, History and Arts. With its huge collection of exhibits, Dar es Salaam National Museum attracts thousands of visitors every year.

Location – This is the only National Museum in Tanzania located in Shaaban Robert Street, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

History – Opened in 1940 next to the Botanical Gardens, the National Museum in Dar es Salaam today is principally housed in the former King George V Memorial Museum building. 

In November 2003, the name of the Museum was changed into National Museum and House of Culture for launching of the House of Culture project. This Project added some extra space to the Museum for children library, music recording studio, art gallery, a theatre for performances, information center, storage and offices and a restaurant serving traditional meals etc.

Exhibits in Dar es Salaam National Museum - There are many different sections in this National Museum including -

The Hall of Man
- this section exhibits archeological finds, a cast of 3.6 million-year-old hominid footprint and replicas of rock paintings.

The Garden Area
It is a beautiful part of the Museum, housing several peacocks, sculpture - created by Elyn Zimmerman, and the other sculpture - devoted to the twelve Tanzanians, who died in the bombing of the American Embassy in Dar es Salaam.

Ethnographic SectionThis section includes - traditional crafts, hunting & gathering, initiation rites, traditional healing, head dresses, ornaments, musical instruments and witchcraft.

The History Gallery -
this section is on the first floor, exhibiting the English and German colonial period, the Kilwa period from 9th - 15th C, the slave trade, local rebellions and Independence. In this section, the colonial years and anti-colonial struggle are presented by displaying various photos, objects and documents.

Coastal History Section - This part features glazed Chinese pottery and copper coins from Kilwa.