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Morija Museum Collections

Morija Museum Collections feature prehistorical items, historical material and objects of ethnological interest as well as Basotho art.

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A woman carrying clay pot

A woman carrying a pot

A clay statuette of a woman carrying a clay pot by Samuel Makoanyane.

Stone Age 1

Stone Age 1

A good example of a bevelled stone tool found in the Lowlands of Lesotho.

Painting B

Painting B

This painting shows two people wearing Basotho blankets, one of them with a walking stick and a conical hat typical of Lesotho. The woman carries …


Khau, a medal of honour

Khau is a medal of honour which was awarded to the bravest soldiers of Moshoeshoe the Great. It was also used by Moshoeshoe’s emissaries when …

Dinosaur Bones

Dinosaur bone

This is a dinosaur bone of a Sauropodomoph, excavated in the years 2008 and 2009 by French men by the names of Bernard …


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About Morija Museum Collections

Morija Museum exhibits range from the formation of the universe (Big Bang theory), to continental drift, geological formations, and dinosaur fossils, through to various hunter-gatherer cultures and then a great deal about the Basotho people, their history and culture, both material and intangible. Exhibits also include various large and smaller mammals that inhabit(ed) Lesotho, bird species, and reptiles. Art is also featured, including some of the outstanding sculptures of Samuel Makoanyane from the 1930s/early 1940s.

The Morija Archives contain tens of thousands of documents dating from the 1820s until the current time, focusing largely on Lesotho/the Basotho. These documents cover a very wide range of topics, and researchers from many disciplines have located valuable information here. A complete catalogue of documentation at the archives is being developed, and plans are underway to digitise the most important documents and place these on-line in order to facilitate research.

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