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Olduvai Gorge Museum

Olduvai Gorge Museum

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Expedition to Olduvai

The Olduvai Gorge Museum is located in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area in northern Tanzania, on the edge of the Olduvai Gorge. It’s one of the most important paleoanthropological sites in the world; it has proven invaluable in furthering understanding of early human evolution.

The museum was founded in the late 1970s by Mary Leakey(an archaeologist who conducted research in the gorge for decades) and is managed by the Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority.

It is a museum dedicated to the appreciation and understanding of the Olduvai Gorge and Laetoli fossil sites. A trip to this museum will be filled with breath-taking views from a covered, overlook area.

It is also an educational experience to the museum’s visitors, what with a Maasai cultural boma; with aspects of the Maasai culture, as well as a theatre-like viewing platform. And now that we’re on matters education, did you know that the only complete skeleton of a human fossil in the world was discovered by a Kenyan? Kamoya Kimeu made the discovery of a skeleton of a Turkana boy dated around 1.6 million years.

Back to Olduvai Gorge Museum. The exhibits in the museum are centered around paleoanthropological research and artifacts that have come from the surrounding area. Maps and charts explaining the process of fossil excavation will keep you glued to the rich history of Olduvai Gorge.

Even better is the fact that orientation presentations are given in two outdoor lecture areas by the museum staff.

Pssst! Make sure you don’t leave without having a glimpse of the large illustration depicting three Australopithecus afarensis walking around the area about 3.6 million years ago.

So… go ahead and book a tour with us to Olduvai.

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