Old Boma Museum
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Agija B
Riga, Latvia30 contributions
Jan 2020
If you have time in Arusha the musem is worth a visit. Located in the Old German Boma at the end of the Boma road musem has lot of information about Tanzania's history and nature. At the entrance we met guide Ericky (?) and thanks to him had very interesting excursion. Our guide knew a lot about all the exhibits in the museum - findings from the famous Olduvai Gorge and the Laetoli footprints, the archaeological history, wildlife, local tribes and the mini botanical garden. Thanks to him we had very informative time in the museum! Asante sana!
Written February 4, 2020
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Liesel81
Gaborone, Botswana623 contributions
Nov 2020 • Solo
The Building is definitely historical and has different sections but the maintaince of the building and exhibitions could do with some more investment/upkeep.

The photography exhibition on the tribes and the wildlife is extensive. Its a good introduction of the different tribes in Tanzania. The natural history museum section is cool to see but its a bit cramped together.

Overall its a good place to go to get some overview. I did however feel that the area dealing with colonial history seemed to represent a one sided sentiment - the positivity of colonialism.
Written January 22, 2021
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travlinmomz
California123 contributions
Feb 2011
This little natural history museum has a variety of exhibits, housed within some of the first colonial buildings built in Arusha. Collections include: an exhibit about colonial history, an exhibit about animals in Tanzania (taxidermy examples), an outdoor exhibit of some live animals, an exhibit about fossils, and an exhibit about early hominids.
This museum is also the repository of early hominid and other fossils unearthed in Tanzania. These are all kept in a vault under lock and key. Our group was lucky enough to be able to view a real early hominid fossil from the vault, which was amazing and very much unlike casts. The exhibit on early hominids is pretty nice as well.

According to curators, the museum is planning an expansion and improvements along with moving to a new site in the future. If you are in Arusha, it is definitely worth stopping by, both for the exhibits as well as the Arusha history and old buildings.
Written March 27, 2011
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James
Helsinki, Finland96 contributions
Oct 2020
An interesting mixture of history, environment and culture. I'm a little surprised at the critical reviews here for the Boma/Arusha Natural History Museum. Yes it is a little run down, exhibitions might be old but it is still a good place to visit. I'm not sure what others expect from small city run museums.

There are different exhibitions in each building. The first building takes you through the development of mankind, nature and some other stuff. The second building has a small exhibition on German colonialism in Tanganyika. The third building contains stuffed animals and a great photo exhibition from Dick Persson of birds, insects and animals.

In the grounds are some large turtles roaming around. There is also a small botanical garden, the entrance is hard to find but just behind the museum office. In the botanical garden there are a nice variety of plants.

As others have mentioned the entry fee is 12,000 TZS, I paid through TigoPesa, nice and easy.
Written November 29, 2020
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wanderingwonderE
Calgary, Canada7 contributions
Nov 2021 • Friends
We had a great time visiting this museum before heading up Kilimanjaro and a safari.

We had a guide (Eric) who did a fantastic job touring us around the museum. Great way to get familiar with Tanzania and some of the history here. We got introduced to animals we would see later in the safari as well as some of the notable fossils found in Tanzania like Lucy.

If you have a day or two in Arusha I recommend checking it out.
Written November 6, 2021
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Fi R
Glasgow, UK59 contributions
Oct 2022 • Couples
Very relaxed and not information overload which we like. 3 main areas that you take at your own pace: human evolution, photos of safari animals, smaller area for German colonialism. Then theres some turtles to see/hold. Art area out the back but noone is pushy or anything. It's all very pleasant and a nice way to spend an hour.
Written October 3, 2022
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AwayWeGo!
15 contributions
Mar 2020
Nothing noteworthy except some tortoises in the garden, which costs 12000 shillings to see. Guys in the back are selling souvenirs but it's mostly the same stuff you see everywhere. It is in a nice location, but you're better off hiring a ride and going to the cultural heritage center.
Written March 9, 2020
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RebeccaRLV
Leamington Spa, UK84 contributions
Nov 2012 • Friends
Interesting and informative on the work of Dr Mary and Louis Leakey and their excavations at Oldupai (Olduvai) Gorge discovering the origins of man... Natural history section with stuffed animals offers an insight into some of the more prevalent species of wildlife in Tanzania
Written November 29, 2012
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Karl S
McCandless, PA86 contributions
Sep 2019
It's not the Carnegie, but it does have an extensive collection of wildlife photos, along with a few stuffed exhibit, a small but interesting botanical garden, and a few resident animals (turtles and birds). My guide was knowledgeable and helpful. The location itself is interesting, part of the German colonial occupation.

The place is a bit run-down, but not to distress. Definitely worth a visit if you have a spare couple hours.
Written October 1, 2019
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Eversleepingbabybear
Stockholm, Sweden168 contributions
Jan 2018 • Solo
if you have some time in Arusha it is a nice place to see. i liked all the parts. didnt like the photoes though. its hard to see them because in some places there is not enough light. but the part about mankind history and stuffed animals with the information were amazing. However some of the items a little bit dusty and in poor condition.
Written January 20, 2018
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