Museums in LuandaEdit This
Bordering the Atlantic Ocean, Luanda, Angola is the capital and one of the largest
cities in the country. It has a population of around 5 million. Luanda
was founded in 1575 by Portuguese explorers. This long and fascinating
history is celebrated through many of Luanda’s museums.
The National Slavery Museum
Located 18km south of Luanda, the National Slavery Museum is housed
in a 17th century colonial chapel. This historic museum keeps the
memories of the thousands of slaves that were baptized and then shipped
to the colonies. For the general population, the National Slavery Museum
is open weekends from 9am to 4pm, although private tours can be
arranged during the week.
The Natural History Museum
Created in 1938, the three story high Natural History Museum
includes several different animal species and a unique collection of
native sea shells. Many first time visitors report being surprised by
the figures known as "women fish," and the large amount of animal
skeletons. The Natural History Museum also host celebrations of various
art forms, including the Luanda International Jazz Festival. The museum
is open to the general public Monday through Friday mornings.
Museum of Armed Forces
Originally built in 1576, the Fortress of Sao Miguel is the location
for the Museum of Armed Forces. With the original cannons standing
guard and incredible statues of important figures in Angola history,
this is a popular attraction. Established soon after independence in
1975, this museum houses the records of Angola’s fight for independence.
National Museum of Anthropology
This amazing museum documents the proud history of the people of Angola. Several rooms focus on the traditions, customs, art and music of Angola’s past. Historic exhibits that include cloth made from bark and the "Mask" room, continue to impress the museum's many visitors. You can visit the National Museum of Anthropology 9am to 6pm most days of the week.