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The Tanzanite Experience

Tanzanite is a mineral indigenous to Tanzania, its sparkling peacock blue exterior summons attention from even the most bleary-eyed person in attendance.

The Tanzanite Experience is an excellent stop if you happen to be touring in Arusha. The enthusiastic and welcoming employees are eager to discuss the wonders of Africa’s Blue Diamond and the enormous effort put into perfecting the tanzanite and crafting it into tantalizing jewelry.

There’s also a shop at the end of the free tour where beautiful pieces are sold, and this stop is undoubtedly a place for anyone with an eye for precious gems.

Olpopongi Masai Cultural Village and Museum

If you didn’t decide between exploring the past or present of the Maasai culture, the Olpopongi Masai Cultural Village and Museum would be the perfect spot for you!

From medicinal walks around the area and learning the skill of spear throwing from the villagers to touring the quaint informative museum, this authentic Maasai Boma has a bit of everything for everyone.

There’s often so much to do that many choose to reside in the accommodation provided to stay the night.

Olduvai Gorge Museum

The Olduvai Gorge Museum, famous for housing the earliest known human bones, is one of the largest onsite museums.

Sitting at the edge of the Olduvai Gorge in northern Tanzania is well organized and informative, with interesting and intriguing information and historical artifacts. The knowledgeable employees are always ready to talk to you about the many different findings safely put up to marvel at and give deeper explanations if you ask.

Dr. Bulugu Gallery

Not all museums are only about the mysterious yet remarkable past. For example, the Dr. Bulugu Gallery sits peacefully in Zanzibar City.

The Dr. Bulugu Gallery is quaint but filled to the brim with many beautiful paintings filled with colors made by the local artists sold at affordable prices.

The cleanliness of the shop reflects the care and respect the shop owner has for each piece. Dr. Bulugu is a kind and honest man, and so are all the other employees.

Peace Memorial Museum (Bait El Amani)

A short walk away from Stone Town, an Arabian-style white dome stands in the middle of green land in Zanzibar and houses a small museum. The artifacts and displays share information of many ages ago, all the way back to the days of the Omani Sultans through the British Colonization and up until Tanzania became independent.

With a soft and calm atmosphere and kind guides ready to launch into explanations of different periods of history and easy-to-understand blurbs of info written next to each display, you will leave with no confusion on the rich history of Zanzibar.


Tanzania has a decorated and rich history that the locals celebrate. The many museums scattered across Tanzania celebrate the history and provide tourists with an opportunity to travel back in time to understand the people and many tribes of the region. If you are travelling to Tanzania, don’t forget to check out our Top 10 Tanzania Travel Tips

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