Museum & Galleries

National Museum and House of Culture

Tanzania / Africa

The National Museum of Tanzania is a consortium of five Tanzanian museums whose purpose is to preserve and show exhibits about the history and natural environment of Tanzania.  The consortium developed from the National Museum of Dar es Salaam, established in 1934 by the Governor of Tanganyika, Sir Harold MacMichael (1882-1969).  Four more museums later joined this consortium, namely the Village Museum in Dar es Salaam, the National History Museum and the Arusha Declaration Museum in Arusha, and the Mwalimu Julius K. Nyerere Memorial Museum in Butiama.  

The National Museum was originally a memorial museum dedicated to King George V (1865-1936).  One of the King’s cars is still on display.  The museum was expanded in 1963, with the addition of a second building. It is now dedicated to the history of Tanzania.  Its most famous exhibits include some bones of Paranthropus boisei that were among the findings of Louis Leakey (1903-1972) at Olduvai.

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