The KuNgoni Centre of Culture and Art was established in November 1976, and construction of the Chamare Museum began in 1991. It opened to the public in 1999. The Chamare Museum is a highly acclaimed centre which displays and interprets the history, material culture and spiritual heritage of the tribes of Central Malawi, and their interaction with Christianity and Islam.
The centre prides itself in its unique reconstruction of village life, masks, text and images. The museum describes the Chewa, Ngoni and Yao cultures and their interaction with Islam, Christianity and each other. The Museum's collection of over 400 Gule Wamkulu masks is without parallel in the world and showcases just how richly endowed the Centre is with the country’s cultural artefacts.
To add on to the Centres facilities, a new library/research centre is being opened. Kafukufuku has a unique collection of research papers, videos, photographs, slides, and over 1000 books. Visitors, who wish to conduct further study into the cultures of Malawi, will be provided with an opportunity to access over 35 years of data collected on Malawi and research into tribes within the Mua area.
To ensure that the centre’s visitors immerse themselves fully in the cultures on show, the centre offers different courses to help participants to understand and share information about local culture, promote pride in its heritage, and acquire a deeper knowledge about past and present day Malawi. Courses of generally 3-4 days long are available to groups or individuals. Together with the courses, cultural programmes are on offer as well and these are presented in a selection of traditional dances and songs from the Chewa, Ngoni and Yao cultures. These are performed in traditional regalia, researched and recreated by the Centre, making the performances authentic and true to tradition.
A visit to the Centre is therefore a truly wholesome cultural experience topped by none other. A must visit when one travels to Malawi.