One of the places of interest that has important role to play in community, society or in the country as a whole is museum. Museum can be a community or national museum but whichever, it is important to the people, especially those that enjoy history and are interested in a particular subject that they wish to know more about. Museums are different from each other as there is art museum, legend museum, art and culture museum, car museum, historical museum - devoted to history, all these among others.
National Museum of the Gambia is a good example of a museum that combines art, culture and history together. It is located at the heart of Independent Drive, Banjul. Everywhere museum is a popular center for tourists since it is a place they can learn more about the history culture and tradition of their visit country, community or village.
It is always fun and interesting, thought might be fearful, when you visit any destination's museum seeing some of the historical pictures and collection of various items. More so, it is in the museum you will see the original collected items that point out the history of the land they represent.
In retrospective, the national museum of The Gambia was opened in 1985 that was fifteen years after the Friends of the National Museum Association was established in 1970. The 1974 Monuments and Relics Act followed, which set into motion the plan for the National Museum.
The national museum which is under National Council for Art and Culture (NCAC) of The Gambia, as well as to educate both visitors to the country and residents who may not be familiar with Gambian history. The NCAC is a semi-autonomous institution established by an Act of Parliament in December 1989 to promote and develop Gambian culture.
The 1989 Act is now superseded by the NCAC Act of December 2003. The center are the guardians of Gambia's culture and historic heritage as they are 'here to conserve, promote and celebrate the country's artistic, cultural and historic inheritance.'
However, debate on having a national museum in the Gambia started In 1960s, and this discussion led to the museum's inauguration two decades later. Historians and archaeologists collected artifacts and information on Gambian and West African history and culture.
Talking about culture and tradition, at the National Museum of the Gambia, you can learn about the cultural heritage of the Gambia and many other things you will like to know such as the super eagles, story of masquerade, circumcision, slave trade, and traditional warrior among others.
It is worth noting that the museum houses three floors of exhibit. These floors are the ground floor which displays the political and cultural history of the nation's capital Banjul. The second floor you will learn about the archaeological history of West Africa and The Gambia.
This floor also has details of the nation's colonial and post independence political and economic history.On the basement level, which is the last floor, is where you can learn about the musical heritage of the Gambia and see what instrument are popular throughout the country and sub-region.
Among the importance of museum is that it helps people understand the world by using objects and ideas to interpret the past, present and explore the future. As mentioned earlier as parts of NCAC function, museum preserves and researches collection, and makes objects and information accessible in actual and virtual environments. Museum is not established to make profit but for the public interest as permanent place that contribute long-term value to communities.
Since museum is very significance in the community, some small towns and villages have museums that will teach culture and narrate the history of such village and town. This is always interesting to the people who hold the town and the village in some affection. Among all museums art and culture are the commonest.