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Village Museum
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Owner description: Traditional dance, farming methods and homesteads are on display at this open-air living museum.
Reviewed 16 August 2017

You get to see all tribes' huts in one place and can even go inside to explore how they live, where they cook and where they sleep. There is a very reasonable extra cost to watch traditional dance and you can also donate small amount of money for he dancers (this is optional and you are not forced to). 1-2 hours should be enough to finish the tour and watch the dances.

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Reviewed 16 August 2017

If you want to see all the huts/houses, all the tribes are living in, this is the best place to see all at once. The band who plays music and dances were also pleasant. It was interesting to join in for a dance with them

Thank Serdar B
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Reviewed 3 August 2017

Through living in Dar es salaam and sometimes up country I did not get a time to visit that place as I did in July 2016. It is where you get a history of Tanzanian culture, how people live, types of food taken, 120 type of culture but living in one roof, sometimes you can found traditional music etc. Village Museum, established in 1996, is an open-air ethnographical museum located in the outskirts of Dar es Salaam, on the road to Mwenge and Bagamoyo, that area famous known as Makumbusho.

Thank Anicetus M
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Reviewed 14 July 2017

The museum helps understand the ethnic composition of Tanzania and their traditional architecture. It was so amazing to notice that each tribe has a distinct, unique and ecological architectural concept despite the fact that they used the same primitive materials mostly mud for walls and lightweight thatched roof. The museum also covers the history of migration of tribes from ancient kingdoms of Malawi or Uganda and how they settled in Tanzania. it's moving to see how polygamy shaped traditional housing. There are tags in English which allow to grasp the idea behind each concept and lifestyle; and a traditional troop which entertains tourists (on request).

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Reviewed 11 July 2017 via mobile

Given the effort we put out to see this place (with terrible traffic jam both ways and high fare the Taxi driver charges), I am very disappointed by what this "museum" has to offer. The whole concept of the site is really cool and has lots of potential to make it a great educational and entertaining attraction. But the poor management of the site spoiled the whole potential. In fact all museums that we experienced in Tanzania, I doubt they have any well educated curators with world-class visions. Here all these huts and little houses are in a state of despair. Artifacts are misplaced or mislabeled. There are many staff sitting there seemingly having nothing to do, but no guided tour is offered. The instructions of each house is too simple and tend to be repetitive. Some houses are only half-finished and then the project was abandoned for some reason. We were the only tourists on site. The whole crew of tribe dancers danced just for four of us, and holding the tip basket up to our noses. I feel bad about they had to wait the entire afternoon and just danced for us.

Thank Fei T
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