The museum also highlights the close relationship between the Swazi people and nature, and features amongst other interesting exhibits, a natural history hall built in 1991, which houses various dioramas covering a range of topics including vegetation types, numerous animal displays, and a representation of the nation’s well know Mantenga Falls and it aquatic species. The Swaziland National Museum also hoses numerous displays which showcase Swazi cultural ceremonies and attire, traditional use of herbs, and other cultural uses of Swaziland’s fauna and flora.
Also featured at the museum is a photography section housing a wide and interesting selection of pictures detailing the various aspects of traditional life, culture and ceremonies, and natural heritage of Swaziland. Photographs of prehistoric material are also conserved here. Another part of the museum houses the Ethnography Section which includes the Mantenga Cultural Village, and is also home to a large variety of artefacts, traditional clothing, implements and other natural and man-made objects which reflect both the diverse natural and cultural heritage of the Swazi Kingdom.
Other features at the Swaziland National Museum include a library with an impressive collection of Swazi historical books and other material set aside for research purposes, and a showroom which houses three of the royal cars once used by King Sobhuza II.
Due to the strong sense of National pride, and the fact that not all citizens are able to travel to the museum, they have created a mobile museum which makes its way through the country and holds temporary exhibitions at schools. In addition to its traveling exhibitions, the museum also conducts a number of education outreach programme for schools, refugee camps and adult education centres, and also airs a radio program once a month which provides information on the functions and features of the museum.
The Swaziland National Museum is open seven days a week. For further information the Swaziland National Commission can be contacted via email at email@example.com.