Operate commercially, National Museum told

11Jan 2019
The Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Operate commercially, National Museum told

DEPUTY Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism, Constantine Kanyasu has challenged the National Museum of Tanzania to start operating commercially.

DEPUTY Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism, Constantine Kanyasu

 

Kanyasu said the national museum should apart from preserving and showing exhibits about the history and natural environment of Tanzania, come up with business strategies that will enable it to generate income.

 

He made the statement yesterday in Dar es Salaam after his visit at the National Museum of Tanzania where he insisted that it is high time the national museum stop depending on funds from the central government.

 

“You should come up with strategies that will attract foreign visitors. It is possible”, said the Deputy Minister giving examples of the Tanzania National Parks Authority (Tanapa) and the Tanzania Forest Services (TFS) which have been creative to generate its own funds through tourism.

 

He said the National Museum of Tanzania has all it needs to operate commercially but it lacks better business strategies. He said the government would want to see an increase of tourists as well as revenues from the sector.

 

Kanyasu insisted that they should thrive to start paying dividend to the government.

 

National Museum of Tanzania Acting Director, Mawazo Ramadhani promised to implement all the directives to ensure the cooperation generates income from its activities.

 

He said they have started to motivate university and college students to make use of the museums as part of strategies to make money. 

 

The National Museum of Tanzania is a consortium of five Tanzanian museums whose purpose is to preserve and show exhibits about the history and natural environment of Tanzania.

 

Established in 1934, it includes the National Museum of Dar es Salaam, Makumbusho Village Museum in Dar es Salaam, the National History Museum and the Arusha Declaration Museum in Arusha, and the Mwalimu Julius K. Nyerere Memorial Museum in Butiama.