MCV team is excited to inform you that in just 6 weeks we opened the first and only community-led Maasai Heritage Museum on the outskirts of Amboseli National Park! It has been an amazing unparalleled initiative that is empowering the local Maasai people to benefit from a community center to safeguard and promote their ancient heritage.
July 2019, the Governor of Kajiado County Kenya Government called Jessica Censotti, MCV President and asked MCV to turn an abandoned building into a Maasai museum. MCV has been negotiating with Kajiado County for the past 1.5 years on how to establish a Maasai Heritage Museum for the Amboseli community and we had looked at this abandoned building years ago and saw its potential, the location is perfect; in the middle of Maasailand where the culture is rich and near the main entrance to Amboseli National Park where 60,000 tourist visit annually along the road of dozens of luxury hotels. For over 8 years we have been planning a Museum with the Maasai cultural leaders and documenting Maasai heritage, so we knew this was an opportunity we could not pass up. However, we received a deadline that was next to impossible – just 6 weeks – the museum’s opening was to coincide with a national conference to showcase Maasai culture to 2,000 government officials who would be attending. The time frame to create a museum in just 6 weeks seemed unrealistic but the offer was a dream come true to the Maasai who have been wanting a museum for over 13 years – so MCV agreed and thankfully today the Museum is up and running!