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Tanzania Centre for Cultural Heritage

Tanzania Centre for Cultural Heritage (Nyerere Road, Quality Centre Mall, Dar Es Salaam 235) — this is the place to sort out some souvenirs for your friends and family. There is a wide variety of high-quality products. The prices are higher than in local markets. The advantage is that it’s easier to find good items, […]

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State House

State House (Luthuli Street, Dar Es Salaam) – this is the cabinet office, state rooms, apartments and offices of the President of Tanzania. The building sits at the mouth of the natural harbor of the edge of the Indian Ocean. This site, which was once a German building destroyed by the British Royal Navy during […]

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St. Joseph’s Cathedral

St. Joseph’s Cathedral (Sokoine Drive, Dar Es Salaam) — this is a Roman Catholic cathedral in downtown Dar es Salaam. Built in Gothic architectural style by the Germans between 1897 and 1902, it faces the harbor (close to the White Fathers House). St. Joseph’s was consecrated as a Catholic church in 1905. Pope John Paul […]

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Old Fort of Bagamoyo

Old Fort of Bagamoyo – located an hour (60 km) northwest of the capital (facing the island of Zanzibar), this fort was the first stone structure built by the Baluchi Indian A.S. Marhabi, an Arab trader who used it as a trading place for his merchandise (including slaves). It was then handed over to Omani […]

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National Museum

National Museum (5 Shaaban Robert Street, Dar Es Salaam) — Although the exhibits at the National Museum have seen better days, they cover a wide range of topics including archaeology, ethnography, biology and the arts. The ethnographical artifacts are particularly worthwhile, affording an insight into Tanzania’s kaleidoscope of different cultures — from the Shirazi traders […]

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Makumbusho Village Museum

Makumbusho Village Museum (New City Road, Dar Es Salaam) — this is a museum that showcases authentically constructed houses and equipment from a few of the tribes of Tanzania and is located at the heart of Dar es Salaam. Only a few of the dominant tribes are represented at the museum as there are way […]

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Julius Nyerere Cultural Centre

Julius Nyerere Cultural Centre (Ohio Street, Dar Es Salaam) – a.k.a. “Nyumba Ya Sanaa” (Swahili for “House of Art”), this is a cultural center and art workshop (founded by American Maryknoll Sister Jean Pruitt in 1972) and established to promote local art and craftmanship. There is also a retail store, which is a great place […]

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Fort of Kilwa Kisiwani

Fort of Kilwa Kisiwani – located five hours (335 km) south of the capital, this is one of the oldest forts in East Africa. It was built in 1505 by the Portuguese and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1981. Kilwa Kisiwani was once East Africa’s most popular trading post along the Indian […]

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Dar Es Salaam Centre for Architectural Heritage/DARCH

Dar Es Salaam Centre for Architectural Heritage/DARCH (Old Boma, Morogoro Road and Sokoine Drive, Dar Es Salaam) — facing the harbor and adjacent to the City Hall, the Old Boma is one of the city’s oldest buildings. It was built in 1866-67 by Majid bin Said, Sultan of Zanzibar, close to his one-time palace (which […]

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Bagamoyo

Bagamoyo (historic port city) — Bagamoyo was the most important trading port of the east central coast of Africa in the late 19th century. Bagamoyo’s history has been influenced by Indian and Arab traders, by the German colonial government and by Christian missionaries.   About 5 km (3 mi) south of Bagamoyo, the Kaole Ruins […]