Museu Nacional de Antropologia
The Museu Nacional de Antropologia (National Museum of Anthropology) is an anthropological museum in the Coqueiros neighborhood of the city of Luanda, Angola. Founded on 13 November 1976, it is a cultural and scientific institution, dedicated to the collection, research, conservation, presentation and dissemination of the Angolan cultural heritage.
The Museu Nacional de Antropologia consists of 14 rooms spread over two floors which house over 6000 traditional pieces, including farm implements, hunting and fishing items, iron foundry, pottery, jewelry, musical instruments, women's rights memorabilia and photographs of the Khoisan people. Various traditional musical instruments are displayed, and visitors can hear a demonstration of the use of the marimba. Other major attractions of the museum are its rustic furnace for melting iron, and its room of the masks, featuring the symbols of the rituals of the Bantu people. In addition to its permanent collection the museum also receives several temporary exhibitions. Visitors have access to a collection depicting the main activities of the Angolan people, especially the rural ethnic communities, as well as a significant number of pieces originating from some African countries.
The Museum is structured in five departments, Administration and Finance, Education and Cultural Animation, Museology and Scientific Coordination. Its specialized library is a source of research material for students, teachers and those interested in anthropology. Created under Decree 80/76 of the then Revolutionary Council, the National Museum of Anthropology is the first such institution of the postcolonial period. The main purpose of the Museum is to help the people to conquer their cultural personality, revalue it and relay it to future generations.
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