Nhabe Museum – Maun
Nhabe Museum is a Community based Museum for Ngamiland in Maun, North-west of Botswana, established out of a need to preserve and conserve the local cultures. This small and simple museum is housed in a historic building built by the British military in 1939 and was used during WWII as a surveillance post keeping tabs on the German presence in Namibia.
The Museum outlines the culture and natural history of the Okavango Delta and is managed by a board of Trustees. The various exhibition found in the museum includes historical crafts, fine art, Bayei fishing net, photography, basket-weaving, art and written poetry. The guests have a variety of selection in the gift shop and nursery where various nursery and plants are sold.
Following its inception in April 1996, the museum plays a pivotal role in the promotion and preservation of local arts and culture and natural heritage, as well as the improvement of livelihoods of local communities by promoting and encouraging the local communities to engage in activities of cultural importance including activities of self-expression and production of handicrafts for a living. The museum also houses the Bailey Arts Centre, which allows local artists to produce and sell baskets, screen prints, paintings and pottery, among other things. Various exhibition by local artists are often held at the museum, an admission fee is payable to enter the museum
OUR CORE BELIEFS:
Quality: We aim to excel at everything we do.
Accessibility: We are welcoming and friendly.
Collaboration: Partners are essential; we work to build relationships with organizations and individuals.
Stewardship: The museum will serve in perpetuity; to ensure this, we build and care for our collections, make smart use of our financial resources, and continually invest in our future.
Accountability: We exist to benefit the community; we demonstrate our success and value.
Growth: Be proactive in developing its collections, staff, programs, and facilities, and in the continual expansion of its presence in the community.
1. Delivery of educational programs and learning experiences as an integral part of the school syllabus
2. Presentation of compelling exhibitions and programs that link art and history.
3. Generates and shares new knowledge and research through exhibitions, publications, and web-based media.
4. Collects, preserves, and interprets high quality works of Botswana art and significant historical artefacts with a focus on the Ngamiland District
5. Integrates the Ngamiland Heritage landscape as a key part of the museum experience.
The museum is always open during all weekdays and sometimes on weekends or public holidays [only by special arrangements or prior bookings].
Saturday & Sunday Closed
Public Holidays Closed
Location: Plot No. 35273, New Town Ward, Sir Seretse Khama Street, Maun
Postal Address: Po Box 628, Maun, Botswana
Telephone: (267) 73147446 / 74007236