Namibia is a land blessed with rich fossil history, great ethnic diversity, and rare mineral wealth. As such, the country’s museums house a varied and assorted collection of interesting artifacts, original and unique gemstones, and intriguing stories of cultural history, colonialism and independence. Here are some of the more interesting historical museums in the country that will take visitors on a journey into the past for a closer look at the origins and development of Namibia.
Another place to admire all that glitters is the Kristall Galerie in Swakopmund, home to the world’s largest quartz crystal cluster. The gallery also features some of the world’s most incredible crystal formations and natural wonders that are millions of years old. Some of the crystals on display took up to five years to extract from the earth due to their size, and are rare and unique wonders of nature.
Kristall Galerie, Theo-Ben Gurirab Ave, Swakopmund, +264 64406080
This small yet attractive museum is housed in a beautiful old Cape Dutch-style train station in Windhoek. The museum showcases the history of Namibian rail travel and features a large variety of old photographs and maps depicting the first rail routes in the country. There is also an interesting and varied collection of railway bric-a-brac, from switchboards to signs and scales.