We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: Shaaban Robert Street, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
09:30 - 18:00
Closed now
See all hours
Sun - Sat 09:30 - 18:00

This natural history museum exhibits numerous bones and other fossilized...

This natural history museum exhibits numerous bones and other fossilized remains, including a cast of one family’s footprint trail left in volcanic ash over 3.5 million years ago.

read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 243 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 23
  • 57
    Very good
  • 73
  • 32
  • 6
Still Worth a Visit

The museum is in dire need of maintenance. The original building has been refurbished but is basically empty, and by the looks of it, will remain empty. The grounds are however... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
serge d
Chipata, Zambia
Add Photo Write a Review

243 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 191: English reviews
Seoul, South Korea
Level Contributor
28 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This museum does not live up to its name. NATIONAL museum. It was not well curated, lights in the rooms were dim or gone. Liked the garden a lot though.

Thank Jae_Kim_22
Washington, D.C.
Level Contributor
253 reviews
88 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A great way to spend the afternoon. Great walk through of the history of the Republic. Several very interesting sites to behold. We unfortunately ran out of time to see all of the different buildings worth of artifacts. Lots of school children as well who found myself and my colleague very interesting as well.

Thank rmc1971
Chipata, Zambia
Level Contributor
9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The museum is in dire need of maintenance. The original building has been refurbished but is basically empty, and by the looks of it, will remain empty. The grounds are however well maintained and pleasant to walk around in. The displays on the history of Tanzania are confusing and contain very few artifacts. However the art displays, sculpture and paintings,... More 

Thank serge d
Level Contributor
10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I enjoyed my visit. The place could use some repairs, but it contains a lot that is worth seeing. The museum has four main parts on the second floor: natural history with a focus on human evolution; contemporary art featuring paintings and wood carvings dealing with historical and spiritual subjects; national history, covering iron age civilization, contact with Asian traders,... More 

Thank Thomas M
Dublin, Ireland
Level Contributor
39 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2017

As usual there was a charge for 'foreigners' however no literature or receipt provided. The museum does not have a logical or coherent layout and there is really very little to see. Shocking lack of artifacts. Worst museum I have visited and it really is a complete waste of time

Thank Joseph H
Ottawa, Canada
Level Contributor
75 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2017

The exhibition areas are limited to a scat assortment of topics and illustrations. The coffee shop that others have said was quite good was not open (it was a Sunday, which might explain why). Others have talked about the display of old cars - really! None were built in TZ. There is a section on contemporary art, which was a... More 

Thank vicspics
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 6 March 2017

Thats was my mind about this museum...a lot of space, but just few things to see :)) but...for one time to visit it is ok. price 6500- 3dolars :)

Thank Dovydas B
Level Contributor
36 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 February 2017

Though not the most aesthetically appealing once you're inside, the museum has a wide range of art, artifacts and photographs that are generally well labelled and explained. Worth a visit if you like history

1 Thank RIANA T
Auckland, New Zealand
Level Contributor
136 reviews
75 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 February 2017

It's such a shame that with a little TLC and some investment this could be a nice little museum. It still is worth a visit. There is plenty of information there - mostly written and pictorial but worth taking the time to read. There's a rather sad exhibition of cars but the local art exhibition was good and the information... More 

Thank Mums4Kids
Level Contributor
18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 February 2017 via mobile

Everything you wanted to know about Tan-Zan-ia From Tanganika and Sultanate of Zanzibar to moderne Tanzania From prehistory to Nyerere s revolution, including mammooth tusks and Nyerere s tiny Austin... and later, Mercedes 300. Interesting section on s'avère All dusty, old... in need of refurbishment apart the pavillon just upgrading by Erdogan s foundation "Modern" Tanzanian art exhibition of litt... More 

Thank Bernard D

Travellers who viewed National Museum also viewed

Dar es Salaam, Dar Es Salaam Region
Dar es Salaam, Dar Es Salaam Region
Dar es Salaam, Dar Es Salaam Region
Dar es Salaam, Dar Es Salaam Region

Been to National Museum? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of National Museum and other visitors
2 questions
Ask a question
Dar es Salaam, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

See all questions (2)

Questions? Get answers from National Museum staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?