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“The Inner Earth”

National Museum of Namibia
Ranked #16 of 54 things to do in Windhoek
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Reviewed 12 August 2014

The National Art Gallery of Namibia in general is rather average. But from time to time there are exceptional exhibitions like currently Nicola Brandt's installation covering the Herero Genocide in a completely unexpected way.

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Reviewed 7 August 2014

We visited Windhoek for two days. There is much to see and do. The city has distinct architecture with strong vibrant colours on the buildings. The people are very friendly and one feels safe at all times. We visited the new National Museum, various hotels and the other museums. The National Museum of Namibia is definitely worth a visit. The Hilton ski roof bar is a favorite in the evening with a nice view of the city lights. A visit to the Heinitzburg Hotel and Thufe Hotels is also recommended. The old church, government gardens and shops in the malls ensure that the day passes very quickly. It makes a good transit point or stop over before going to Swakopmund or north towards Angola. There are many other attractions to see which we did not get around too. A destination that can be recommended for folk visiting Africa for the first time.

Thank Laurie S
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Reviewed 2 August 2014

This new Windhoek's Museum is an average one. The building (North Korean' style) is definitely terrible and ugly! It destroy the classic Windhoek's skyline. It would like tell the story of Independence but a lot of parts are missing. It's more a political monument instead that a museum. Exhibition is not clear and logical.

Thank Stefano A
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Reviewed 19 July 2014

There are 2 museums adjacent to each other, the older National Museum of Namibia (which was closed when we went) and the brand-new National Independence Museum, which is the subject of this review.
The Museum is quite simply awful on every level - but I strongly recommend you experience it for yourself. The building itself is quite possibly the ugliest new building you will see this year - colour, design, location, scale - it's all grotesque. Once you find the unmarked entrance door at the base of one of the 'legs', it is a stifling glass elevator ride to the first gallery floor. Prepare then for a completely haphazard collection of photos, paintings and artefacts united only by (possible / presumed) passing relevance to the independence movement. Perhaps it is a work in progress, but there are no labels or explanations on any individual items, let alone any theme or themes for the museum as a whole. The subject matter is of course interesting in itself but you can learn more about the independence struggle and birth of modern Namibia from 5 minutes reading your guidebook than any time spent here. The Museum doesn't seem to have had any intelligent thought or curating and feels like someone in a panic has said "we have this building - quick, find a lot of photos of Sam Nujoma and any others that might be from that period" and then stuck them haphazardly on the wall.
I hope it improves, but it is quite simply the most compulsively bad museum I have ever visited!

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Reviewed 17 July 2014

An odd structure and design to be the National Museum but a beautiful building. We walked in the found our way without a guide and immensely enjoyed learning a little more about the history and struggles of the people of Nambia. We were told that they are still moving pieces from the old museum so it's not complete yet. My only suggestions would be to charge a small admission and have guides available for escorted tours. Otherwise, we felt that the time spent was well worth it.

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