Olduvai Gorge Museum exhibits numerous fossils, stone tools of our hominid ancestors and skeletons of many extinct animals excavated in the gorge.
Mary Leakey founded the museum in 1970. In 2017, The Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority replaced the original museum structure by constructing a new museum and visitors centre.
The new museum construction included the expansion and improvement of museum exhibits, enhancing the educational experience of the museum’s visitors, the addition of a cultural boma with spaces where visitors can explore aspects of Maasai culture, as well as a small restaurant and a covered theatre-like viewing platform that provides visitors with an inspiring view of the gorge. The new museum, visitor center, restaurant and theatre-like viewing platform were designed and built using quartzite stones.
Apart from the exhibitions inside the museum, there are also outdoor lecture areas where the museum curators give orientation presentations to visitors. At the museum, one can also plan a guided tour down the gorge to Zinj site about 1km, Mary Leakey Museum 2 km, Shifting sand 10km, Nasera Rock 33km and Olkarien Gorge 60km.