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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 snuff box

A snuff box (kooma) made from a horn. Snuff is used both by men and women, and is sometimes connected with trance experiences and messages …

Tea Cup

Cup and saucer

The white and gold tea cup and saucer were a gift to King Moshoeshoe the Great by the Paris Evangelical Missionary Society. In honour of …

Plant Fossils

Plant Fossils

These plant fossils (pteridosperms) are from a mudstone in the Molteno formation from Morija Mountain above the old Basutoland Training College in Morija.
They were collected …



Lebeko is a spatula used for cleaning the nose and removing sweat by men or women. It is made from a variety of materials, in …

Basutoland National Council 1910

1910 Debates of the Basutoland National Council

Debates of the Basutoland National Council, 1910, with specific reference to the terms and safeguards requested of Great Britain …


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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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