Botswana Museums and Art Galleries

Botswana has got a rich culture and heritage as a country and this is manifested in the available artifacts, paintings and historical documents garnered in the available museums and art galleries spread across the regions of the country. The history documented, dates to as far back as 25.000 years and through the colonial times. These historical treasures can found at the museums in Botswana namely:

  • NATIONAL MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY

Established in 1967, the National Museum and Art gallery also known as Botswana National Museum is located in the country’s capital of Gaborone. The national museum encompasses the national art gallery, national library and octagon gallery. The Botswana museum mostly displays traditional and cultural Botswana crafts and paintings and also promotes the work of local artists. This it does with the object of re-enkindling interest in Botswana cultural heritage.

The National Museum is known for hosting various annual exhibitions at the octagon and Maun galleries. These exhibitions include: The children’s art competition, artists in Botswana and the Thapong international. It is also famous for being the final burial place of the Negro of Banyoles after the controversial bushman’s remains were repatriated from Darder museum in Spain in 2000.

  • KHAMA III MEMORIAL MUSEUM

Located at the foot hills of Thataganyana hill in Serowe, Khama III memorial museum was officially opened on 19th October 1985 with the aim of creating cultural pride and awareness among the people of Serowe. The museum is housed by 2 buildings one known as Red house because of its red roof and the other which serves as a garage and workshop.

At the museum, one is assured of reading Bessie Head’s writings. Bessie Head is the most famous writer to come out of Botswana. Born to a rich white South African mother and a servant black father, Bessie Head sought refuge in Botswana after involvement in Pan African politics in South Africa. Her works mostly centred  around ordinary life and her love hate relationship with Botswana until her death in 1986 in Serowe Botswana. Also, the history of Botswana’s first president Sir Seretse Khama and his fore fathers can be assessed at the museum.

Paintings and crafts of local artists like: Egg shell necklaces, wooden statues and painted Ostrich eggs can be viewed at the museum. The history of the San (Bushmen) from 25.000 years ago is readily available. The museum also hosts a number of cultural galas in art workshops, traditional dances, lectures and talks.

  • NHABE MUSEUM

Situated in Maun and the only museum in the north west region of Botswana,Nhabe museum majorly outlines the history and culture of the Okavango delta.Opened in 1995 but registered in 1995,the museum is housed in a historically significant building set up by the British military in 1939 to survey German presence in Namibia during the 2nd world war.

Nhabe museum was part of a conservation drive that stretched from environmental to cultural conservation by the Tshomarelo conservation society in 1994.Exhibitions at the museum range from cultural historical crafts.fine art,photography to writen poetry.Also, visitors at the museum get to learn historical facts of the dominant tribe in Maun(Batawana tribe) and therein is a nursery bed where one can access various plant species.Plkans to construct a cultural village at the museum site are under way.

  • KURU MUSEUM AND CULTURAL CENTRE

  • KGOSI SCHELE I MUSEUM

Kgosi Schele I museum derives it’s name from a great chief of the Bakwena tribe,the museum cultural represents the crocodile totem of the Bakwena tribe.Located in Molepolole,the museum was established originally in 1902 under instructions from the colonial masters.Open from Tuesday to Saturday,the museum offers visitors a chnce to go on a day or half a day’s tour of historical sites in Molepolole.

Available at the museum are artifacts,photographs and paintings,all on display.Therein is an art gallery and curio shop.There is entertainment from the museum’s drama group and a Marimba band mainly comprising local school children.