Botswana National Museum

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The Botswana National Museum, also known as the National Museum and Art Gallery, is located in the Botswana capital of Gaborone and is a multi-disciplinary institution that includes the National Art Gallery and Octagon Gallery,[1] as well as—since November 2007—the National Botanical Garden.[2] It displays traditional Botswana crafts and paintings and aims to celebrate the work of local artists.[3]

The museum is also involved with the preservation of Tsodilo, the country's first world heritage area,[4] among other efforts.[5] It is the caretaker of Tsholofelo Park, the burial place of the "negro of Banyoles," known as "El Negro" in Botswana, following the body's return from the Darder Museum of Banyoles, in Spain.[6]

The museum was established in 1967 via an Act of Parliament and it officially opened to the public in 1968. The museum celebrated a year-long 40th anniversary in 2008 under the banner of "Museum as Agents of Social Change and Development", mirroring that used by the International Council of Museums.[7]


  1. ^ Michler, Ian (2004). Botswana: The Insider's Guide. Struik. p. 159. ISBN 1-86872-996-6. 
  2. ^ "National Museum to Launch Botanical Garden". Daily News Online. Republic of Botswana. 2007-10-25. Archived from the original on 2008-02-29. Retrieved 2008-05-13. 
  3. ^ "National Museum Craft Exhibits Unite People". Daily News Online. Republic of Botswana. 2003-08-04. Archived from the original on August 24, 2003. Retrieved 2008-05-13. 
  4. ^ "Plans Afoot to Turn Tsodilo into Big Tourist Destination". Daily News Online. Republic of Botswana. 2005-05-24. Retrieved 2008-05-13. [dead link]
  5. ^ "Museum Has Programmes for Heritage Management". Daily News Online. Republic of Botswana. 2003-05-22. Retrieved 2008-05-13. [dead link]
  6. ^ Fforde, Cressida; jane Hubert; Paul Turnbull (2002). The Dead and Their Possessions. Routledge. p. 252. ISBN 0-415-23385-2. 
  7. ^ Mogomotsi Moloi (2008-02-19). "Botswana: National Museum Celebrates 40th Anniversary". Mmegi/The Reporter. All Africa. Retrieved 2008-05-13. 

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