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“One of few places open on Sunday in Dar” 4 of 5 stars
Review of National Museum

National Museum
Shaaban Robert Street, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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Ranked #11 of 13 Attractions in Dar es Salaam
Type: Natural History Museums, Museums
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Owner description: 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.
Berkeley, California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
“One of few places open on Sunday in Dar”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2012

We stumbled upon this museum on a hot and steamy Sunday afternoon. It was our first day in Dar (we arrived the night before) and did not realize that the city shut down on Sundays. By the time we found this museum, we were hot, tired, and very thirsty. We were willing to pay the entrance fee just to get access to some drinking water!

After we got our water, we enjoyed the exhibits. We probably spent about 90 mins here. The cafe wasn't serving food, so I can't comment it.

The museum provides a good understanding of the history of Tanzania and some great archaeological information as well.

Visited August 2012
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Istanbul, Turkey
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45 reviews 45 reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
“different museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2012

It was a different experience, you could even see the first atm in Tanzania along with different things .

Visited August 2012
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San Ignacio, Belize
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6 attraction reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
“An interesting but rather peculiar place”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2012

There are some things of interest in the museum but unfortunately there are many things that ordinarily you wouldn't see, such as the first ATM machine in Dar which is proudly displayed. Some old vericles sit mouldering under a corrugated roof as if someone didn't know what to do with them. Among the curiosities are two wooden bicycles, I found quite fascinating.

Visited July 2012
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Portland, Oregon
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5 reviews 5 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Enjoyable little museuam”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2012

This is a small musuem but I enjoyed the few displays they had to offer. The museum itself is also just a lovely little spot in Dar.

Visited July 2012
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Room for improvement”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2012

Great price (~$4 USD), but could really benefit from a wealthy sponsor, or ten, willing to help them build their collections. Most displays are posters and photos.

Visited June 2012
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