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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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Nice but nothing too special

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... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Abu Dhabi
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33 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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London
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40 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The Museum is located in a nice place . Easily accessible and central. We bought the tickets and quickly ventured onto viewing the Museum. Its all about how Daressalaam starting from its ancient civilization and culture , its ancient people and their habitats and survival. Very well portrayed with full writeup of the historic background and pictures and actual display... More 

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4 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

Some references to Tanzanian history, with references to Portuguese, German and English presence in Tanzania.

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Dallas, Texas
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

This museum has some nice bits but there could be more considering it is the national museum. Probably not worth going out of your way to visit but if you are in the area why not.

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Alta Loma, California
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

Newer museum building doesn't yet house the contents so display factors will improve in the future. Simple, not very sophisticated presentation to explore on your own. History of native people and animals. Section on the slave trade also included.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016

I have been to this place and it was a complete waste of time. There is nothing exciting to see rather than 3-4 cars of the ex presidential's.

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Arlington, Virginia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

We enjoyed our half day in the National Museum. After we entered and paid the admission (CASH in local currency only!!), we were followed around by a guide. He guided us through the main exhibits, which was ok, I guess. I prefer to do things on my own, but we did learn a bit from him and then he left... More 

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Prague, Czech Republic
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

Parts of the exhibitions are outdated, nevertheless, they offer an interesting insight into the history of Tanzania. We really enjoyed the new exhibition about the evolution of humans.

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