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Nice place to spend a couple of hours

Really interesting to see the different types of huts and how they are built. When I was there a... read more

Reviewed November 7, 2018
Adelaide, Australia
More interesting than expected

The museum comprises of various huts/homes of different ethnic groups, homes of some groups like... read more

Reviewed October 7, 2018
Helmut S
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Traditional dance, farming methods and homesteads are on display at this open-air living museum.
Along Bagamoyo Road in Kijitonyama, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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All reviews traditional dance tanzanian culture dance performance tribal houses traditional huts great cultural experience various ethnic groups dancing group worth a visit local music interesting history on display guided tour couple of hours tribe housing visitors
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Reviewed November 7, 2018

Really interesting to see the different types of huts and how they are built. When I was there a group of women were building one of the huts. The real highlight is the dancing group. For less than $10 dollars you have a whole troupe...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 24, 2018

Our guide took us here to see the tribal houses from all over Tanzania which have been brought (or reconstructed) to show their history. Slightly officious guys giving us tickets and taking the money and we appeared to be the only visitors that morning as...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 7, 2018

The museum comprises of various huts/homes of different ethnic groups, homes of some groups like the Maasai do not exist (yet); the construction of some huts was in progress. Inside the huts/homes there is no electricity thus it is dark like in real life for...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Helmut S
Reviewed September 22, 2018 via mobile

So this is not your regular museum, it's a group of huts and local mud or stone structures representing the housing types and living conditions of the different major ethnic groups of Tanzania. You walk through the entire experience by yourself and it's open air....More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Gazie D
Reviewed September 14, 2018

As someone who lived in Tanzania, my first impression was that this museum was a bit hokey. But, then after second thought, I said it's a good concept. For people visiting Tanzania, who are not likely to venture much further than Dar-es-Salaam and the game...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Dana H
Reviewed September 3, 2018 via mobile

Awesome place, good music and cultural dance. Friendly staff and good souvenir shopping destination.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Sunil S
Reviewed August 17, 2018

The best attraction in Dar Es Salaam. Interesting, and the dance at the end was amazing. Well worth double what they charged, which is why I tipped 100%.

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank Wendy H
Reviewed August 11, 2018 via mobile

It was a nice walk around to see the different housing structures for different Tanzanian communities. There are boards on each house but it would have been nice to have the option of a guide to explain things. But otherwise a lovely walk. There is...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed July 24, 2018

We booked Dar Es Salaam city tour with Halisi Adventures and we enjoyed to visiting village Museum with Excellent guide from the company. This museum comes to life with the knowledge of how things are done by specific tribes and why they do things they...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank andyj0el
Reviewed July 17, 2018

We absolutely loved this museum! It was extremely cool to be able to walk through the different houses that were available to look at. I was fascinated not only by the architecture but by the tools and the stories of the different people that used...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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May 24, 2017|
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Response from ric08852 | Reviewed this property |
the name is "village museum" by itself. its an open air museum that features dwellings that show traditional life of tanzanians, the skills n dances... Non-rainy weekdays are best to visit. Enjoy!
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I can't remember , but it was not very much
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