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We visited the Mangers House Manadala in Blantyre again having been here 9 years ago. The wonderful... read more

Reviewed 18 August 2018
Capitalveins
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London, United Kingdom
Feels good to visit this historic place

Spend some time to listen to the gentleman trying to keep this place afloat. Fascinating place... read more

Reviewed 13 August 2018
Purobi
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San Francisco
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The Society of Malawi Library and Archive is housed on the first floor of Mandala House, a National Monument. It boasts a wide collection of books, journals, photographs about Africa in general with a special interest to Malawi. The library focuses...more
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Old Manager's House | Kaoshiung Road, Mandala, Blantyre, Malawi
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Reviewed 18 August 2018

We visited the Mangers House Manadala in Blantyre again having been here 9 years ago. The wonderful place has continued to remain spectacular. The house is a monument to the early European traders and is two stories and in excellent condition situated in a quieter...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 13 August 2018

Spend some time to listen to the gentleman trying to keep this place afloat. Fascinating place. Wanted to spend an afternoon but did not have enough time. A piece of history in a country where most historic objects were looted by eh colonizing European power.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Purobi
Reviewed 11 August 2018

The Society of Malawi library and archives contain a wealth of historical and scientific data on Malawi. The digital photographic collection is particularly rich. The staff are also extremely helpful.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank John W
Reviewed 29 April 2018

It is somewhere that I wanted to visit but was disappointed. I thought it would be historical but is more of an overpriced gift shop. Still worth a viit.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Fraser G
Reviewed 5 March 2018

Worth a visit for the interested and those looking up info. Books are not the most up to date but perfect for history, local natural sciences and for reference, as well as a mooch at some beautiful pieces!

Date of experience: February 2018
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Reviewed 27 December 2017

We were helped by every staff member in our plight to find out more information about my husbands family. Kind, gentle, informative and so helpful staff. Thank you

Date of experience: December 2017
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Reviewed 23 December 2017

Housed in a colonial period elegant home, we were delighted with the vast library collection, the artifacts relating to the European settlements in Malawi and our guide's gentle instruction. There is a nice gift shop as well.

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank GayeS545
Reviewed 25 June 2017

A nice library in a beautiful building. Lots of interesting books especially those about David Livingstone. A nice place to stop by for a quick visit.

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank sgmck276
Reviewed 12 February 2017

It's a popular place for lunch with good food and helpful staff. The library is also interesting to hang out in and read books published in the 1800s. I spent a rainy afternoon here and enjoyed it.

Date of experience: November 2016
Thank dpr8
Reviewed 2 January 2017

This library is housed in the oldest building in Blantyre. The building is stunning and the setting is park like. There is a reasonable cafe on the grounds. The library itself is nothing to write home about.

Date of experience: December 2016
Thank dmittleman
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