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Overview
WWe are a 21st century museum space that celebrates the cultural history of the Bakgatla-Ba-Kgafela. It’s a community based museum to be which is highly conceptual and an immersive space that stimulates the creative and critical thinking of visitors. Established in September 1999, Mphebatho Cultural Museum has been renovated into a cultural precinct in 2014. Unlike any other cultural precinct in the country, it reveals and explores Bakgatla ba Kgafela culture and traditions in unconventional ways. The process of building sefalana (ancient storage/ indoor silo) helped bring fading traditional practices back to life. As one of the outdoor Amphitheatre this modern lekgotla was designed remembering the old kgotla (traditional court or meeting place). A large tree has always been a key icon in these kinds of spaces and as such this amphitheatre has been designed around one. It is a place for conversation and discussions as well as various types of performances to small audiences as well as to an audience of over 300. The museum is a 21st century museum space that celebrates the cultural history of the Bakgatla Ba Kgafela, it is unlike any exhibition that community based museum have developed in the past. It is designed and developed in consultation with wisdom keepers from the local community and various academics. Exhibitions at this precinct cover traditional Batswana knowledge (indigenous) system, an analysis of colonial collection and representations, the recorded history of the Bakgatla Ba Kgafela, oral traditions, a reconstruction of an Iron Age settlement and an exhibition in the Old Dutch Reformed church built in 1889.
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