The National Museum of Gambia opened in 1985, fifteen years after the Friends of the National Museum Association was established. The 1974 Monuments and Relics Act followed, which set into motion the plans for the National Museum. The aim of the museum was to preserve artifacts documenting the material culture of Gambia. The museum houses three floors of exhibits. The ground floor displays the political and cultural history of Banjul. On the basement level you can learn about the musical heritage of Gambia and see what instruments are popular throughout the country. On the second floor you can learn about the archaeological history of West Africa and Gambia. The floor also details the nation’s colonial and post- Independence political and economic history. The museum is considered the most important tourist attraction in the Greater Banjul Area and represents the country’s cultural and historical identity, with its photo archives detailing over 70 years of Gambian history.
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