Walvis Bay Museum
Since its inception the museum functioned mainly as a display centre with no full time curators at hand. However in later years, the Municipality of Walvis Bay appointed a librarian as part time curator who worked in the museum during the morning hours (8:00 – 13:00 pm) only. The Municipality of Walvis Bay appointed the first full time curator in October 2008. The museum became an institutional member of the Museums Association of Namibia in 2001. The curator entered the museum’s collections for the first time on the Museum-D (Museum Depot) online database in February 2010. Our museum is currently undergoing a gradual transformation process in terms of the upgrading of existing exhibitions, the making of new displays and the building up an educational resource centre for the benefit of the public.
Like all other municipality run museums the Walvis Bay Museum is managed by the Walvis Bay Municipality as a section falling under the Division for Economic Development. This classification was determined by the municipality’s restructuring committee. Administratively it is classified as a regional museum controlled by a local authority.
The museum collections and exhibitions are made up of both culture history and natural science collections. So in terms of its wide range of exhibition themes it could be also be categorized as a general museum. Culture history collections are history of Walvis Bay, ethnology objects, 19th century home ware items, textiles, war memorabilia, archive material, Namib archaeology, maritime history and visual art collections such as paintings. The natural sciences specimens consist of gemstones, rocks, minerals, animal bones, animal skins, sea shells and marine fossils.
Facilitating educational programmes, exhibitions, guided tours for local and international tourists, preservation tips for the public, participation in the annual Erongo Region Trade & Tourism Expo, research projects, etc.
- Mo - Fr: 9:00 - 16:30
- Mo - Fr: 9:00 - 17:00
- Miss. Antoinette Mostert Curator
- Lower level Public Library, Municipality of Walvis Bay
- Nangolo Mbumba Avenue
- P/Bag 5017 Walvis Bay
- Tel: 064-2013273