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Mozambique National Ethnographic Museum

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Address: Rua Francisco Matanga, Nampula 3100, Mozambique

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This museum and much of its collections date back to the colonial period. The exhibits do not have captions. The artefacts focus on rural crafts and on masks. There are some... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2016
Romsey, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2016 via mobile

There's very little to see in Nampula. The museum is overpriced (100m) given the limited exhibits. 15 mins max.

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Romsey, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2016

This museum and much of its collections date back to the colonial period. The exhibits do not have captions. The artefacts focus on rural crafts and on masks. There are some excellent items of great interest to ethnographers but the museum has not bee updated. Behind the museum there are craft workshops which are well worth a visit and a... More 

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Nampula, Mozambique
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2015

A Perfect place to see "Arte Makonde "- The black wood carving sculpture art from Makonde Tribe who belongs to Northern part of Mozambique.

Thank irfan q
Nacala, Mozambique
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

As overall in Mozambique isn't that many museums - i can say best thing to visit in Nampula if you are interested know some more about locals traditions. I enjoyed also the guide, who really tried explain as well as he could all me interesting questions. After Museums visit definitely you must visit also in backyard - craft works market... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015

Never really went in, because the gate is the middle of hawkers. I ended u enjoying the restaurant behind it with arts and crafts, very authentic Mozambique artworks. It gets hot in mid-day, so shops close between 12:00 and 2pm

Thank Victor K
Nampula, Mozambique
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

Interesting museum right in the middle of Nampula. Worth a look. Quite a few exhibits, more than I expected.

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Campinas, SP
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

visiting the museum was an interesting option in Nampula. The collection is not very well curated, however it tells a lot about contemporary Mozambique and Nampula, especially about the makhuwa and maconde people. Artifacts are organized in an evolutionary, thus quite outdated way, but still it tells a lot about the way the state thinks about its people

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

We had come to Nampula expressly to see this 'famous' museum, but were bitterly disappointed. The curator tried to tell us about the displays, a mix of ethnic items from various regions, poorly displayed and dusty, but he had no English and we no Portuguese, and so this was futile. We then hoped to buy some pieces of Makonde art... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

It is one of the most nices museums to visit. It is so pity it is not look after. The biggest anamels is in the museum and the children was shock to see what the size was of the anemals many years back. Lot of Restuarants in the area and a nice place to stay is The Barra Resort.

Thank Thomas W
Nampula, Mozambique
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2013

I found some of the static displays interesting and the graphic representation of the local history was good. However, overall it wasn't great

Thank Peter A

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