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Swakopmund Museum

   

Swakopmund Museum

This museum was founded by Dr. Alfons Weber in 1951. Ever since its inception its objectives have been to encourage informal education, to stimulate interest in the sciences and to preserve historically valuable items for future generations. The museum is located in rebuilt building of the Imperial Customs House (Kaiserliches Hauptzollampt) erected in the beginning of the century.

In 1950 the Swakopmund Municipality initiated a competition to add an attraction to the coastal town and Dr. Weber won it with an idea to establish a museum.

There are following exhibits in the museum:
The contrasting life in the Namib Desert and the Atlantic Ocean are clearly depicted by means of various dioramas (three-dimensional models and scenes) displaying the seals at Cape Cross, bird life in the coastal region of the country and a desert scenes.

The Emil Jensen Herbarium exhibits the specimens of the Namib flora, while a large variety of zoological specimens are also on display. During 1990 the museum was able to acquire the famous Bachran collection which comprises a comprehensive archaeological and entomological (insect) collection, as well as the largest collection of birds' eggs in Namibia.

Ample space has been allocated to the excellent mineral display which contains some superb specimens especially from mine in Tsumeb.

There is a very interesting collection of relics of wooden ships that came ashore on the Skeleton Coast.

An original ox- wagon, which operated between Grootfontein and Angola some hundred years ago, is exhibited, emphasizing the importance of transport to pioneers. Also to be viewed here are the carriage of the last German governor of the colonial era, a beautiful model of a dual locomotive, marine equipment, and the old beaming system of the Swakopmund lighthouse.

The fascinating culture of Namibian indigenous people is shown by a collection of original musical instruments, wood carvings, weapons and domestic utensils.

Next, one finds Mr. Gerd Bohlke`s Adler Pharmacy, Dr. Alfons Weber`s former dental practice, and the Schmerenbeck room in the original ''Jugendstil''.
In the spacious Rossing room - also used as a lecture room - the process of mining uranium is impressively depicted.

The Museum organizes regular sightseeing bus tours to Rossing Uranium Mine.

Special exhibitions are often on display and are a further attraction for local and foreign visitors. The museum is located on the beach front next to lighthouse and Strand hotel.

Museum opening times: daily, including Sundays: 10:00 to 13:00 and 14:00 to 17:00

   
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