Olduvai Gorge Museum
Olduvai Gorge Museum
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
One of the biggest onsite museum in Africa located at the excavation site of Olduvai Gorge and near Laetoli Footprints site. The museum exhibits the earliest evidence found in Olduvai Gorge and Laetoli Footprints that holds earliest evidence of the existence of human ancestors. The museum also showcases other findings from elsewhere in Africa.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • nyalpi
    Hong Kong, China189 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Educational and worth visiting, but it could be better
    Went as part of safari. Glad to have visited to learn more about history of humans. However, I had hoped to see many more objects that had been found in Olduvai itself, whereas most of the exhibits were replicas and also of objects found elsewhere. Information was all very interesting and educational, but usually quite wordy and probably targeted at an audience with a science background. Some typing mistakes. A university student in Anthropology seemed to volunteer himself to be my guide. He had much he wanted to tell me (which was a repetition of what was written on the walls) but had difficulty answering my questions. Other people didn't seem to have such a guide. Clean toilets. Souvenir shop building is almost as big as museum, but not many interesting souvenirs. Overall, worth visiting, but has much potential to showcase more of the history and discoveries at Olduvai itself.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 29 June 2023
  • William S
    San Francisco, California688 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth the Time
    The Olduvai Gorge Museum was a 1-hour stopover on our way to the next Serengeti lodge. The spherical building is an easy stroll through open air cubbies depicting culture and history. Inside one compartment was a reproduction in scale of Lucy, the oldest human remains ever discovered. She lived 3 million years ago.Situated in a valley and articulate locals provided a tutorial of the history, and purpose of the museum/
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 January 2024
  • Fransisca L
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A time less journey
    Nested amidst the ancient landscapes of Tanzania, the Olduvai gorge is a timeless treasure trove of human history. My recent to this museum was a journey through time, an experience that left me in awe of our shared pasts. The Olduvai gorge museum offers a captivating glimpse into human history, showcasing ancient artifacts and fossils. Visitors can explore exhibits. displaying tools crafted by early humans and fossils remains of hominins like Australopithecus and homo habilis. The museum's highlight in the iconic Laetoli footprints, preserved for over 3.6 million years. knowledgeable guides provide insights into archeological expeditions and the significance of each discovery. set amidst the breathtaking landscapes of the Gorge, the museum is a must-visit for those interested in anthropology and our shared origins.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 April 2024
  • Mary B
    Braintree, United Kingdom176 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fascinating place. Shame no cafe.
    A very interesting place. Fascinating. I decided not to take photos as a young lady took us around the exhibition and buy a book at the end. The book was $20 so did not buy it. The shop was not a shop as we know it. Display cases with T-shirts etc and items to buy but no prices!! Not a shop. A restaurant that was shut. Our guide asked the lady in the kitchen if she could make coffee but apparently that was not possible! This is a place crying out for a proper shop and a decent cafe where you can get hot and cold drinks, snacks and food all day long! A business opportunity missed. Our guide went to talk to the people there but it fell on deaf ears. So if you go do not look forward to a coffee and a bun! It will not happen.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 2 May 2024
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Mary B
Braintree, UK176 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
A very interesting place. Fascinating. I decided not to take photos as a young lady took us around the exhibition and buy a book at the end. The book was $20 so did not buy it. The shop was not a shop as we know it. Display cases with T-shirts etc and items to buy but no prices!! Not a shop. A restaurant that was shut. Our guide asked the lady in the kitchen if she could make coffee but apparently that was not possible! This is a place crying out for a proper shop and a decent cafe where you can get hot and cold drinks, snacks and food all day long! A business opportunity missed. Our guide went to talk to the people there but it fell on deaf ears. So if you go do not look forward to a coffee and a bun! It will not happen.
Written 3 May 2024
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Fransisca L
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Nested amidst the ancient landscapes of Tanzania, the Olduvai gorge is a timeless treasure trove of human history. My recent to this museum was a journey through time, an experience that left me in awe of our shared pasts.

The Olduvai gorge museum offers a captivating glimpse into human history, showcasing ancient artifacts and fossils.

Visitors can explore exhibits.
displaying tools crafted by early humans and fossils remains of hominins like Australopithecus and homo habilis.

The museum's highlight in the iconic Laetoli footprints, preserved for over 3.6 million years.

knowledgeable guides provide insights into archeological expeditions and the significance of each discovery.

set amidst the breathtaking landscapes of the Gorge, the museum is a must-visit for those interested in anthropology and our shared origins.
Written 23 April 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

visitall50
New England713 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
The exhibits are detailed and well laid out. Works well both for someone with a lot of knowledge and wanting to go deeper and for someone simply interested in an overview of early human evolution If you have the opportunity to go down to the site, seeing where the early bones were found is interesting (though very hit and unshaded :) and there are fossils that visitors may hold. If you haven't had a chance to hold a fossil that's cool.

They also have excellent restroom facilities.
Written 15 February 2024
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William S
San Francisco, CA688 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples

The Olduvai Gorge Museum was a 1-hour stopover on our way to the next Serengeti lodge. The spherical building is an easy stroll through open air cubbies depicting culture and history. Inside one compartment was a reproduction in scale of Lucy, the oldest human remains ever discovered. She lived 3 million years ago.Situated in a valley and articulate locals provided a tutorial of the history, and purpose of the
museum/
Written 7 January 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

nyalpi
Hong Kong, China189 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
Went as part of safari.
Glad to have visited to learn more about history of humans.
However, I had hoped to see many more objects that had been found in Olduvai itself, whereas most of the exhibits were replicas and also of objects found elsewhere.
Information was all very interesting and educational, but usually quite wordy and probably targeted at an audience with a science background. Some typing mistakes.

A university student in Anthropology seemed to volunteer himself to be my guide. He had much he wanted to tell me (which was a repetition of what was written on the walls) but had difficulty answering my questions. Other people didn't seem to have such a guide.

Clean toilets.

Souvenir shop building is almost as big as museum, but not many interesting souvenirs.

Overall, worth visiting, but has much potential to showcase more of the history and discoveries at Olduvai itself.
Written 29 June 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Archie
Glenmoore, PA7,350 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
This gorge is within the rift Valley. The museum has significance due to the excavation. It shows the usage of tools by early humans. It shows the different human species that occupied the area. Grace was extremely knowledgeable and she also showed us the excavation site.
Written 27 June 2023
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Douglas H
Morris, IL150 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
We stopped here on our way to Serengeti National Park. The exhibits were well prepared and the facilities were nice after a long drive. We did a walk down into the gorge to see where the fossils and bones were found starting in the 1950's. The walk was nice for the exercise, but there was really nothing to except a post marking the site.

We ate our lunch in the shady gathering area and enjoyed the view from the pavilion.

Probably worth a stop just to break up the drive.
Written 5 June 2023
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Geoff H
Sissinghurst, UK16,179 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
A smallish, but very impressive, museum. After an introductory talk in the theatre overlooking the site where the fossils were discovered, you are free to wander round the well set out displays giving a full history of the area, etc. The exhibits are accompanied by information boards which describe them fully. Should not be missed if you are the slightest bit interested in ancient history (and even if you aren't, it's still worth visiting)
Written 15 March 2023
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Marie R
Rogue River, OR9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
The Olduvai guide was amazingly well informed and gracious about sharing. The overlook is stunning and shady, a good place to get an explanation of the area and your options for touring it. We enjoyed a comfortable picnic after our walking tour and before exploring the museum, a perfect day for us.
Written 11 February 2023
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SweetPeas_135
Sydney, Australia23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
Having last visited this site 20 years ago, the updated museum and facilities are outstanding to witness. Informative displays, thoroughly curated make for a very worthwhile visit.
Written 4 February 2023
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