Swaziland National Museum
The Swaziland National Museum, part of the African Modern Art collection, was established in 1972 with a mission to preserve the traditions and culture of the past for future generations. According to the International Council of Museums (ICOM) in 1974, a museum is a "non-profit institution in the service of society and its development and open to the public." Among the museum's objectives is the collection of all natural and locally made objects that reflect the natural and cultural heritage of the Swazi and Southern African peoples.
Located in Lobamba, adjacent to the Parliament, the National Museum is open from Monday to Friday, from 8 am to 5 pm. The museum showcases intriguing displays of Swazi culture, a traditional beehive village and cattle enclosure, and several cars from the 1940s that belonged to King Sobhuza II. Visitors can avail of a discounted combo ticket if they wish to visit both the museum and the King Sobhuza II Memorial Park.
The Swaziland National Museum was initially constructed in 1972 with two small rooms serving as the exhibition area. In 1986, a storage room, a workshop, a photography dark room, and a temporary exhibition area were added, completing the ethnography section. In 1990, the government approved and funded the construction of the showroom and natural history wing. The showroom houses three royal cars that were used by King Sobhuza II.
In addition to its permanent exhibitions, the museum organizes temporary exhibitions of African Modern Art that are both displayed within the museum and toured across various African countries. Every year, on the 18th of May, the museum celebrates International Museums Day, with a different theme selected each year.
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