National Museum, Dar es Salaam

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See the skull of a 1.75-million-year-old Nutcracker Man and many artifacts used by his more recent descendants at National Museum, the oldest of the five National Museum of Tanzania branches. Established in 1934, the museum displays traditional crafts like headdresses and musical instruments. Check out a wooden bicycle, traditional clothing items, and hunting-and-gathering gear, as well as traditional medical tools. A memorial commemorates the death of those who perished in the 1998 terrorist attacks in the garden. The museum is also home to a vintage collection and a gallery of contemporary arts. Plan your National Museum visit and explore what else you can see and do in Dar es Salaam using our Dar es Salaam sightseeing tool.
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  • Was fascinated to find Tanzania, Arusha to be exact, was the birthplace of mankind. The museum is a treasure trove of artifacts with some dating 2.5 millions ago.  more »
  • I paid TZS 12'000 for admission (cash and card accepted) and enjoyed over an hour browsing the panels, exhibits, artwork, and gardens. It's enjoyable, but with few visitors and a weather- and...  more »
  • A great history lesson in Downtown Dar es Salaam. While some of the exhibits could be improved, the cradle of life and modern art exhibits are wonderful. It's a great place to visit and get a glimpse of Tanzanian history, how societies lived before colonialism, slavery, independence, the contribution of Tanzania in the African liberation movement. I would have liked to see exhibits that showed more about the Tanzanian community and exhibits that had an in depth focus but the museum just scrapes the surface in my opinion. The exhibits tend to be the same everytime you visit too. It is worth it for a day visit though.
  • It's a bit deflating. I expected more from the museum. It does give some insight into the missionaries and a tad bit on the slave trade and the independence struggle. But very vaguely. I wish they invested more in the museum.
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