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National Museum

Located next to the Botanical Gardens, the National Museum was opened in 1940 in the King George V Memorial Museum. A new wing was built in 1963 and King George V's car can be viewed here. Visitors can see archaeological finds such rock paintings and a 3.6-million-year-old hominid footprint. The colonial years and anti-colonial struggle can be seen through a display of photos, documents and objects, while the History Gallery presents the Kilwa period (9th - 15th century), the English and German colonial period, the slave trade, local rebellions, and Independence.

Information & Facts

Address

Samora Avenue

Language

Swahili and English are the official languages. Several indigenous languages are also spoken.

Money

The official unit of currency is the Tanzanian shilling (TZS), divided into 100 cents. The tourism industry prices everything in US Dollars and they are the preferred unit of currency. Major currencies can be exchanged in the larger towns. Foreign exchange bureaux in the main towns usually offer a better rate on travellers cheques than do the banks. ATMs are available in major cities only. Major lodges, some hotels and travel agents in urban areas accept credit cards, but these should not be relied on and can incur a 10% surcharge.

Opening Times

Open daily from 9:30am to 6pm

Time

GMT +3.

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