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Address: Shaaban Robert Street, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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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.

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Basic Museum

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... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

It's my first time to be there so I really attracted to the things that are available in the museum, This year I will be there again

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Newcastle, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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.

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 House and fish market.

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Sherbrooke, Canada
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 to go. But if you are looking for anything interesting, you might be disappointed by... More 

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The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 support to achieve to truly be a national museum. The setting on its plot... More 

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Johannesburg
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016

The Museum can do better if well kept in good condition. The artefacts were good. It's also good as a an event venue

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016 via mobile

This place sort of comes across like the person who built it had heard someone describe what a museum was, but had never seen one. A lot of rocks with no discernible historic value. A lot of artists impressions of things without any actual exhibit. I still had a good time just examining the oddity of it all, and it... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

The museum had a few interesting displays on the origin of man and trade. We were able to walk through it all in less than 45 minutes. There were no activities for children (we had 2, 5 and 8) and hence was difficult to keep them entertained. The cafe options were limited but the gift shop was nice, managed to... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016

I visited this museum for TZS 6500. There is a nice origin of man exhibition, and a modern historical section dealing from about 1500. I quite liked this, but it would be better with a clearer exposition of the tribes, their circles of influence and what the Germans were doing there and how the colonisation and decolonisation took place. Indeed... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016

While it is a little small, there is some fascinating stuff in the museum. If you have an interest in early hominid evolution, there are some very well explained fossils and replicas charting the emergence of our early ancestors, especially the material covered by the Leakey's from Olduvai Gorge and the Laetoli footprints. The documentation is excellent. There is also... More 

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