The national Museum of Namibia may house an impressive collection of historical artifacts including items that date back to when this young country was known by other names, like Southwest Africa or South Africa. But it’s not necessarily the gallery halls that make this city-center spot worth the visit. The National Museum happens to be housed in the capital’s oldest surviving building—a structure dating back to the early 1890s that was once a hub for German Schutztruppe.
Visitors to this historic landmark can learn more about the country’s struggle for independence, battle against apartheid and the genocide that took place against the Herero people. The museum also includes reproductions of some of Namibia’s most famous rock art, including San paintings from Twyfelfontein and Brandberg, too.
National Museum of Namibia is located near the Parliament Garden and Windhoek High School in Zoo Park, just east of Independence Avenue. There is no fee to enter. The museum is open form 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.