Want to learn more about the African lifestyle? If yes, then the Village Museum in Tanzania is a must visit. The advantage of it is that being open-air, it allows you to both enjoy a nice walk in the open while giving you first-hand, insightful information about the life and customs of the people in Tanzania.
Located 9 km north of Dar es Salaam city centre, the museum displays 16 authentic homes and showcases the traditional way of living from various parts of the country. Each hut is furnished with traditional items and surrounded by small plots of crops to preserve the feeling of ‘life’ happening.
To enhance your experience and create the atmosphere of an actual, lively settlement, ‘villagers’ will be engaging in different activities that demonstrate traditional Tanzanian skills, such as weaving, carving, and pottery. But this is not all, traditional dance performances take place every day, provided that there’s sufficient demand.
Established in 1996, the museum has no restrictions as to photo shooting and/or touching the exhibits. Feel free to enter the homes and get a feel of Tanzanian lifestyle! Similarly, you can touch and handle the artefacts on display.
If you want to tickle your taste buds with some of the traditional Tanzanian delicacies, you can choose from a variety of foods that locals are always happy to cook. After lunch, a souvenir on the go to remind you of the fantastic time you had at the Village Museum will be more the appropriate. You can buy all sort of pots, trinkets and other traditional items from the souvenir shops nearby.
The Village Museum is open for visitation between 9am to 6pm. Mwenge dalla-dalla running from New Posta transport stand will take you there. The cost of a ticket is Tsh400 and frequency 45 minutes.