Iringa Boma is a place for education, participation and recreation that offers various opportunities to engage with culture and heritage in Iringa. It is a place of stories. Stories about Iringa in the past and in the present. Stories about the different people making Iringa their home. Stories about customs, traditions and ways of life. And stories about the fascinating places that make Iringa unique.
History of the Building
Iringa Boma is one of the oldest remaining buildings in Iringa. It was constructed in 1914 by the German colonial regime to serve as a military hospital. German colonial architecture combined African, Swahili and European styles. After the First World War the British made it their regional administrative centre. From Tanzania’s independence in 1961 until 2014 it was in use as Regional and District administration office offering civil services. After two years of fundamental historical restoration, it re-opened in 2016 and now fulfils its function as regional museum and cultural centre.
Boma is a Swahili word for fortification, perfectly describing the Centre as a stronghold of culture and heritage in Iringa Region.