NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
Kenya plans to establish a
network of marine museums across the country to
boost tourism, an official said on Monday.
Bita, head of underwater archaeology at the National
Museums of Kenya, told Xinhua in Nairobi that the
museums will be located offshore along the Indian
Ocean coastline, major lakes and rivers.
museums will be used to collect, preserve and
display Kenya’s underwater cultural heritage in
order to boost the tourism sector,” Bita said on the
sidelines of the Fifth World Congress of Geoversal
event, which runs from July 16 to 21, aims to
promote cooperation among world civilizations.
marine museums will also provide important
information for researchers around the world.
said the marine museums will remain underwater due
to the high cost of preserving archaeological
artifacts on land.
has been increasing interest among local and foreign
tourists in Kenya’s marine artifacts and
memorabilia, he said.
National Museums of Kenya is also collaborating with
international partners, including China and the
United States, to document Kenya’s rich cultural
heritage that is buried underwater.
archaeologists have discovered 30 shipwrecks that
are hundreds of years old along the Indian Ocean
that belonged to Portuguese, Arab, British and
Chinese explorers, Bita said.
said Kenya’s indigenous communities living along
rivers and lakes also have a rich maritime culture
that will be displayed at the marine museums.