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Tanzania and Zanzibar have a wonderfully eclectic array of museums, that feature everything from Portuguese and German heritage to the cultural traditions of the various ethnic tribes that live in the country. Taking a tour through some of its museums is a highly rewarding and enriching experience. Here are some of the top attractions.
Tanzanite is entirely unique to Tanzania and only found at the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro. It was first discovered in 1967 and is considered to be one of the rarest gemstones in the world. Tanzanite has distinctive blue or violet hues and was once declared by Tiffany & Co to be one of the most beautiful stones to have been found in the last 2000 years. The museum takes visitors on a guided tour through the complexities of mining, and the skills of cutting and polishing this stunning precious stone.
Built by Omani Arabs when they seized the island of Zanzibar from the Portuguese, this historical building is not a museum as such, but nevertheless makes for a highly interesting visit. It is the oldest building on the island with an enclosed courtyard that now serves as a cultural heritage centre, and also holds a curio shop selling culturally orientated merchandise. In the evening the open-air amphitheater comes alive with dancing and music shows that are held on most nights.
Old Fort, Mizingani Rd, Zanzibar, Tanzania, +255 659 788 828