The Chamare Museum
The Chamare Museum, at the Mua Mission describes the culture of the three main
ethnic groups of Central Malawi – the Chewa, Yao and Ngoni and their interaction
with Islam and Christianity and each other. The outside of the museum is decorated
with an interesting set of frescos depicting the history of Malawi.
The first display in the entrance area depicts the history of Mua – a Catholic
Mission founded by the White Fathers in 1902. Two further rooms have a wealth of
photos, displays and artefacts illustrating traditional beliefs, rituals and rites
of passage. There is a fabulous collection of over 400 Gule Wamkulu masks. Entrance
to the museum is by guided tour, which costs MK1250. The short version takes about an
hour and a longer one with more explanation is available.
The museum is open from 7.30am to 4.00pm (last tour starts no later than 3.00pm)
Monday to Saturday. It is closed for lunch between 12.00 and 1.00 on these days
and all day on Sunday. Bookings for the tour are made at the office to the right
of the art shop.
Cold drinks are sold at the office next to museum and lunch can be obtained at
the dining room of the Pantondo Chalets for MK2500 if ordered beforehand. Fruit,
bread and other items can also be bought at the Mua village, a short walk further
along the road and over the bridge.
The Mua Mission is 64km (40 miles) south of Salima on the M5. A lakeside stop
can be made at Chipoka for a drink or meal. An alternative approach is via the S127
Masasa-Golomoti road from the M1 and travelling 15km north from the junction with
the M5. The Mission is clearly signposted from the road at a dirt road turning to
the west. The museum is 1km along this road, past the hospital and church.
Information is available on the website www.kungoni.org. Information from the
museum on the local dance ceremonis is also on the website www.kasiyamaliro.org.
Telephone: +265 999 511 844, +265 999 294 320