Started in November 1976, the National Museum of Anthropology in Luanda, Angola is dedicated to teaching and preserving Angolan history and culture. The Angolan government created the Museum after its independence from Portugal.

Located at the Frederich Engels Street 59/61, Coqueiros, the museum is 17th century house that was an aristocratic residence that later housed a diamond company called DIAMANG.

In the Museum are more than 6,000 objects displaying the culture and population of Angola, and from other countries spread across the 14 rooms.  Visitors can check out the traditional tools used by the people of Angola. They can also watch a demonstration of the use of the marimba.  Other attractions in the museum include masks and symbols of Bantu people. The museum also houses farm implements, hunting and fishing items, iron foundry, pottery, jewellery, musical instruments, women’s rights memorabilia and photographs of the Khoisan people.

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The museum also houses various musical instruments. File picture: Xylophone originating in Mozambique. Photo: Wiki CC

There are more than 90 ethnic groups in Angola, and while they speak their mother tongues, Portuguese is the official language. The country is famous for traditional ethnic art, and the Choke community are considered one of the best wood carvers in central Africa.

In 2014, the museum underwent a renovation on the western wing to feature an exhibition as part of the National Festival of Culture. The exhibition included display structures, equipment and lightning and photographic documentation of the pieces on display.

File picture of an Angolan trumpet, Stuttgart, Linden-Museum. Photo: Wiki CC

The museum provides a look at the evolving culture of Angola and the influences it has gone through.  It is a display of the diversity of culture, presenting how the citizens of Angola coexisted.

The museum is open on weekdays from 9am to 4.30pm, with a two hour break from 12.30pm.