The Swakopmund Museum was established in 1951 and up until today is the largest privately-run museum in Namibia. Our exhibits include indigenous plants, animals, minerals, archaeological finds, the first transport system and a variety of other interesting historical objects. The unique educational exhibition “People of Namibia” introduces visitors to some of our different ethnic groups and their culture.
Activities: You can decide between a self
– guided tour or a guided tour. You can book the guided tour in advance Nadine Phiri at Nadine.firstname.lastname@example.org or 064/ 402046
The Museum hosts multiple cultural events, movie nights and public lectures. For detailed schedule and information please visit our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram pages.
The Museum Shop offers a large variety of books, postcards and souvenirs. Once your Postcard is ready, make use of our Historical Post box to send it!
Quirky little museum that covers the history of Swakopmund - This is a small museum right next to the Swakopmund beach. It shows a glimpse of life in the early 20th century. Many of the items were collected by its... read more founder, a German doctor. There are some stuffed animals and a period Landrover. You can also learn about the history of the different peoples in Namibia. It is well worth an hour's visit.
25 April 2021
Located on the seashore of Swakopmund, Namibia, is a clean and well organized museum that focuses on the early days of the Namib community. Included are various desert dwelling... read more animals, early medical equipment, artifacts of Swakopmund, antique furniture, botany exhibits, ship models, minerals, clothing, and photographs of the Namib natives.
17 April 2023
A lot to see in not a big museum 🙂 - In a building of just "quite a moderate" size, I would give much credits to the curators of this museum for making the most of the available floor space with... read more the number of items for really a "pretty comprehensive" history of this small city & the area around it: the traditional native life in villages & such as seen in enlarged photos & various materials for day-to-day livelihood; the European settlement just over a hundred years ago at about the turn of the previous century which is actually kind of "creatively displayed" by means of some re-created commercial spaces (like a pharmacy & a dental clinic) and also home spaces (like a living room & a kitchen); the wildlife of the area around the city which is the "central display" of this museum with really a great number of these "life-like & life-sized" stuffed animals taking up a big area of the main room of the museum (where apart from those animals are also gemstones of the area, "sizeable miniature" models with one of the city's beginning when a group of German soldiers first landed on the shore at the site of the city & another model for like a big cattle drive, and colonial memorabilia items from the times under both the German & the British).
And nearby, the "fairly sizeable" beach right in front of this museum is pretty much the "only beach" safe for swimming (and where I came back later for two swimming days) with all the other beaches along the long shoreline of the city "full of rocks"; and for nice "outdoor views" right around the museum are the lighthouse on a small high ground & some nice Africa-themed big art scenes on walls; and also ideal for 'souvenir shopping" while in Swakopmund is the area right around this museum with a number of both regular souvenir shops & those for like native art items.
6 December 2022