Temporary Exhibitions

Africa's Rainbow of Cultures

Africa is the world’s second largest continent and home to 1.2 billion people. The continent comprises 54 independent states of which Algeria is the largest in terms of surface area and Nigeria is the most densely populated state. Home to a diversity of ethnic groups, Africa boasts a rich variety of cultures. Various factors have influenced and shaped African cultures, including religion, the environment, politics, technology, innovation and inter-cultural interactions.
African cultures are known for their traditional crafts, such as basketry, pottery, woodcarving, textiles (woven and printed), musical instruments and the making of tools and weapons. This exhibition aims to showcase Africa’s rainbow of cultures by means of a selection of artefacts from the National Museum’s anthropology collection.

Objects and textiles from a variety of countries ranging from Egypt in the north, Nigeria in the west, Kenya in the east and Zimbabwe in the south, display the vast cultural diversity of a vibrant and fascinating continent.


World Soil Day is celebrated annually on 5 December.

This day was chosen because it was the official birthday of the late H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej, King of Thailand, who was one of the main proponents of this initiative. The day is celebrated to focus attention on the importance of healthy soil and to advocate for the sustainable management of soil resources.

The theme for 2021 was: Halt soil salinization, boost soil productivity

The soil is an ecosystem in which millions of living creatures live and interact. There can be more creatures in a handful of good quality soil than there are people on the entire planet earth.  Soil health is defined as a soil’s ability to function and sustain plants, animals and humans as part of the ecosystem. Healthy soils gives us clean air, water, bountiful crops and forests, productive grazing lands, diverse wildlife and beautiful landscapes. In this exhibition we look at all the aspects of soil.





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