Tanzania inaugurates modern museum to woo tourists


ARUSHA, Tanzania, Oct. 5 — Tanzanian Vice President Samia Suluhu
Hassan on Tuesday inaugurated a long-awaited ultra-modern museum at the
Olduvai Gorge, an area that holds the earliest known evidence of human
existence.

The new facility built within the Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA) in the
northern part of the East African nation is aimed at promoting
archaeological sites for tourists and researchers from across the globe.
Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, the vice president directed local
authorities in the country to protect tourist attractions found in their
areas. The VP said the task of promoting the attractions should not only
be done by conservation agencies and national parks authorities alone,
insisting that local councils also had a stake in the county’s resources.
She also challenged regional commissioners and district councils to hold to
account those responsible for destroying the attractions. “District
councils should also be on the forefront in preserving name promoting the
destinations we are endowed with, we should not wait for Tanzania National
Parks (TANAPA), Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority (NCAA) or Tanzania
Wildlife Authority (TAWA),” said the VP. She further challenged the
authority to digitize the museum, urging them to borrow a leaf from Dubai.

The EU provided 80 percent of funds to construct the museum while the
government of Tanzania footed the remaining 20 percent. The museum will
among other things house artifacts that were initially collected at the two
places but preserved at the Dar es Salaam Museum.It will also exhibit the
early stone ages that the early man passed through as well as the cultures
of the Datoga, Hadzabe and the Maasais found within the NCA. The
construction of the museum adds to the list of historical sites found in
the country which also include the Museum in Dar, Kalenga and the Mwalimu
Nyerere mausoleums, Majimaji War Museum and the Bujora Museum in Mwanza.
In 1978, Mary Leakey discovered hominin fossils that were more than 3.75
million years at Laetoli area. She is also remembered for having discovered
the robust Zinjanthropus skull at Olduvai Gorge in Tanzania. – XINHUA