Arusha forms the gateway to the northern safari circuit so it’s frequently visited by tourists heading over to Tanzania. if you’re in Arusha for a few days, you should check out the wonderful museums that this city is home to.
Tanzania is home to a rich culture and an interesting history. Learn more about its culture and history at the following museums in Arusha:
Old Boma Museum is located in the Old German Boma. This museum has lots of information about Tanzania’s history, culture and geography. Each building has its own unique exhibition. You can find famous remains from the Olduvai Gorge, wildlife, local tribes and a small botanical garden. The first building explores mankind and nature. The second one explores the history of German colonialism and history of Boma while the third building has a photo exhibition and stuffed animals. There is also a small art gallery at the back with exceptional masterpieces.
When visiting Arusha. The Olduvai Gorge Museum is the biggest educational museum, and serves as a great point of attraction for tourists. Olduvai Gorge Museum is located at the excavation site of Olduvai Gorge near Laetoli Footprints site. The museum gives an insight into the history of mankind. One of the earliest remains of man were found at the Olduvai Gorge.
The Arusha Declaration Museum opened in 1977 and is located on Kaloleni Road. Most of the exhibits in the museum are in form of photos and they’re very interesting to look at. There are also a few statues and models on display. This museum is very informative with multiple documents explaining Tanzania’s past.
Although a few might argue that this isn’t exactly a museum and more of a shopping spot, it does contain everything you need to know about the history of the unique Tanzanite gem that can only be found in Tanzania. Here, you can discover how the rare and magnificent tanzanite is mined, cut, polished and created. Jewelry lovers can also purchase tanzanite with the gemstones having a certificate by The Tanzanite Laboratory in the form of rings, bracelets or even earrings.
Established in 1994, The Cultural Heritage Center is a must-visit. The architectural designs and the artwork exhibit the rich history culture of the region. It has a unique art gallery with antique African carvings, masks, and paintings. It also serves as a one-stop shopping center where you can buy souvenirs, clothing, sculptures, paintings, jewelry, or even kitchen utensils.
So, what are you waiting for? Head over to Arusha and explore its wonderful museums so that you can learn more about the history and culture of the region. While you’re there, don’t forget to check out these Top 10 Tanzania Tips.