Owela Museum

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Patty6-13
Davis, CA519 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Solo
I walked there from the Hilton only to find the place locked up. A parking attendant said museum has moved to the national museum. If this is true you should highlight that on your website!
Written 3 February 2023
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Aron37
Nottinghamshire, UK13 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
Rather disappointing; huge amount of exhibits especially on ethnography (the tribes of Namibia)and information, poorly displayed and labelled - too low down and out of focus range. The fauna /birds section was in electricity blackout - we especially wanted to see this with 19 day tour of the country ahead of us. Whole thing should be moved into National Museum where too much space exists for current exhibits, & create a truly world class National Museum.
Written 24 December 2019
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Leeanne G
Brisbane, Australia1,761 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Friends
The visit started with getting to the door. Sitting at the front of the museum was a group of intoxicated people drinking alcohol at 9am. The front is also surrounded with rubbish and washing hanging over trolleys. When we entered the museum we were told that half the displays can’t be seen because the lights aren’t working and we had to pay to take pictures and we had to give a contribution at the end to assist with repairs.
The displays are old dirty and falling to pieces.
We stayed 5 minutes and then left. On leaving the woman asked for the contribution and when I asked where was the box to put it in she told me to give her the cash.
Honestly I felt unsafe walking into the grounds of the museum and was sadly disappointed by the museum itself. I wouldn’t recommend it.
Written 13 October 2019
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Martin W
Melbourne, Australia300 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Couples
The Owela Museum is in effect the national museum in that it documents the peoples of Namibia and their history. It is however incomplete as it appears to rely on grants and donations and thus some parts of the story are yet to be told.
Written 24 January 2019
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Cde Dan S
Windhoek, Namibia55 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Family
There is a curated image of the bushman and it looks real, the place is very informative and the display is top
Written 3 August 2018
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zimbobaby
Harare, Zimbabwe44 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Friends
Very interesting ethnological and natural history museum. The dioramas are interesting not only in their content, but as a history of museum display... They are very old school! That being said, if you have the patience and ignore the lack of lighting in much of the natural history section you can learn a lot. Well worth a visit. What a shame more is not invested in upkeep, maintenance and development. Not a good choice for younger children.
Written 8 April 2018
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lnmoschella
Boston, MA137 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017 • Couples
Many people simply visit Windhoek as a stop over before Etosha or Soussesvlei, but the history is so rich and importabt. The Owela museum has rich, deep information on the humans that make up Namibia, cultures, and current challenges. There is so much to read here, but it is informative to someone who hopes to learn more.
Very grateful we visited and took the time to explore this museum.
Written 25 November 2017
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Bojan T
Amsterdam, The Netherlands158 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Couples
This is a very old school, stuffy museum with a natural and anthropological sections. Both sections are small, natural section rather poor too, although it features a preserved Welwitschia plant which is difficult to see in the wild due to its protected status. The anthropological exhibits, on the other hand, are great, consisting of realistic replicas of tribal huts, wax statues, traditional clothing, dioramas and various tools and household objects. Each represented tribe (Himba, Herero, San, BaTswana...) has it's own section with a ton of truly fascinating information on their customs, social structure, religion etc. We walked into this museum mainly because it was a punishingly hot day and it was the closest attraction, but I'm very glad we did.
Written 19 October 2017
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salamanisku
London, United Kingdom5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Couples
We visited this museum on our first day in Namibia - and were glad we did. The place is packed with interesting information, dioramas and exhibits on the country and its people, with specific exhibitions on the Himba, Nama and San communities. We spent a couple of hours poring over it all.

Among other exhibits, I was especially impressed by the wonderful Nama rush hut - the only hut in Africa designed to be fully portable, easily assembled and dismantled, to suit the nomadic lifestyle of the Khoekhoe people. The hut was apparently also waterproof, with the rush stalks swelling as the rain approached and humidity increased.

The museum's name is taken from the traditional game Owela, played in Namibia and other parts of Africa, and outside the museum there's a large Owela board so you can have a go yourself or watch the locals compete. (You can also pick up a small board to take home with you from the nearby Namibia Craft Centre in Tal Street - as I did!)
Written 9 September 2017
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David G
Auckland, New Zealand103 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2017 • Couples
Make the time to visit and learn a little about the tribes making up the peoples of Namibia. Well presented displays and dioramas although lighting left a little to be desired. But an earnest and thoughtful display and free although with the invitation to make a donation which we happily obliged.
Written 2 September 2017
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