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National Museum

Shaaban Robert Street, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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Could do with Some Investment

It's such a shame that with a little TLC and some investment this could be a nice little museum. It... read more

Reviewed 21 February 2017
Auckland, New Zealand
Interesting but in need of refurbishment

Everything you wanted to know about Tan-Zan-ia From Tanganika and Sultanate of Zanzibar to moderne... read more

Reviewed 17 February 2017
Bernard D
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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.
  • Excellent10%
  • Very good28%
  • Average41%
  • Poor17%
  • Terrible4%
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Shaaban Robert Street, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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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...More

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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...More

Thank Bernard D
Reviewed 13 February 2017

The National Museum is certainly worth a visit, but the fascinating and complex history of Tanzania is not sufficiently represented as it could be. There is a cafe you can stop at for lunch, an adjoining library that is well used, and a fantastic large...More

Thank cgore13
Reviewed 11 February 2017

National Museum and House of Culture National Museum was established in 1934 as King George V Memorial Museum and opened to public in 1940. It was enlarged and expanded in 1963. The name was changed to National Museum and House of Culture in 2003. It...More

2  Thank Tassaduqhussain51
Reviewed 6 February 2017

Our country is the cradle of civilization and I was expecting it would have so much history to explain to my kids that it might take us atleast 2-3 visits to go through the whole whole museum! But we managed to finish viewing everything and...More

Reviewed 19 January 2017 via mobile

Not a great deal here but worth a look if you have an hour to spare. See some pictures of 'old' Dar and Julius Nyere's Rolls Royce is rusting away (ideal transport for the socialist father of independent Tanzania!)

Thank Johnny594
Reviewed 5 January 2017

Basic museum, some information on the slave trade in east Africa. Do not need to spend a lot of time here to see the exhibitions. Some interesting fossils also. The old cars are interesting.

Thank PamF47
Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

If you have the time, try to visit the Museum. Don't judge. This is not a world class attraction nor is it the MOMA. Some interesting exhibits. I found the history of the country very enlightening. From here it's a easy walk to the State...More

1  Thank Africanchill
Reviewed 24 December 2016

There is not much to see in this museum, and even the 6000 schillings (3$ US) entrance fee seems a lot for what it's worth. If you want to see 10 cars, a whale's tooth and some picture from the 60's, this is the place...More

1  Thank Joé S
Reviewed 19 December 2016

It is worth a visit for two reasons: it has some interesting items and it also needs support. A country like Tanzania should have a well documented national museum, in order to be aware of its country's history. The museum lacks that, but also deserves...More

Thank PraxedisB
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Is the Dar es salaam museum open on Monday? How much does it cost?
12 July 2015|
Response from Godwin M | Reviewed this property |
Yes it is, from 8am to 5pm if I'm not mistaken and it's not that expensive for foreigners
Frankrover J
Which are visitors’ services that enhance public visitation at village museum?
13 May 2015|
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Response from TotaHregg | Reviewed this property |
Yes my husband and I went to the National Museum and enjoyed what we saw, however it was not the best we have seen in East Africa ( that is in Bulawayo) but it was really worth the visit.