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Jamhuri ya Muungano wa Tanzania

Makumbusho ya Taifa la Tanzania

Makumbusho ya Elimu Viumbe


A Centre for Scientific Study of Animals and Plants

The National Natural History Museum (NNHM) is located in the tourist hotspot of Arusha town. The Museum was established since 1987 at historical building of formerly German military and administrative compound. At NNHM specimens of Paleontological, Archaeological and Paleoanthropogical study from various sites in Tanzania, including Olduvai Gorge, are displayed here.

A­tractions at the Museum

  • The Museum exhibitions and Human Evolution gallery
  • A mini botanical garden with live endemic, threatened and useful indigenous plant species of Tanzania
  • Ecology of large mammals, Birds and Insects in Tanzania
  • A 160+ years old tortoise among the live rescued wild animals and Snake Park
  • The taxidermy unit and exhibit that focuses on the professional skinning and mounting of wild animals’ species in Northern Tanzania
  • History of the German colonial administration in the Northern Tanzania

What to do

Educational activities, Guided tours in the exhibition halls, Different events (workshops, seminars, ceremonies and exhibitions), Local training, Cultural tours, Human evolution tour, Botanical Garden experience and Research activities.


Conference Room, Garden space for events, Bar, Restaurant, Curio shops and Live Painting classes.

Gett­ing There

Boma Road is at the centre of the action. This is where the museum is located.


National Natural History Museum

 P.O Box 2160 Arusha,


 Mobile: +255 754 532193

Email: naturalhistory@nmt.go.tz