National Museum of Namibia
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National Museum of Namibia information
There is an excellent display on Namibia’s independence at the country’s historical museum, which provides some enlightening context to the struggles of this young country. But probably the most interesting part of the museum is the rock-art display, with some great reproductions, and it would definitely be worth a nose around before heading to the Brandberg or Twyfelfontein.
It’s housed in Windhoek’s oldest surviving building, dating from the early 1890s, and originally served as the headquarters of the German Schutztruppe. The rest of the museum contains memorabilia and photos from the colonial period as well as indigenous artefacts.
Outside the museum, don’t miss the somewhat incongruous collection of railway engines and coaches, which together formed one of the country’s first narrow-gauge trains. This open-air exhibit is lorded over by a bronze statue known as the Reiterdenkmal (Rider’s Memorial), which commemorates Schutztruppe soldiers killed during the Herero-Nama wars of 1904–08. For history buffs, note that the statue was unveiled on 27 January 1912, which coincided with Kaiser Wilhelm II’s birthday.