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Natural History Museum

Praca Travessia do Zambeze, 104, Maputo, Mozambique
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Ranked #8 of 12 attractions in Maputo
Type: Museums
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

The building of the museum looks very fancy, but the animals inside are of faded glory. Very dusty, cross-eyed, stuffing falling out of them... There is little information on the animals, apart from their scientific names. Upstairs is a little part on evolution, which is very limited in information, but portrayed nicely. I loved the shell exhibition, it looked very... More

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Pretoria, South Africa
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

Wonderful and breathtaking place. All animals in this are real dried ones. It is the only place in the world with the small ones of an elephant before birth. It is a must be for art and history lovers.

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Maputo, Mozambique
15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

The Museum of Natural History is a landmark in Maputo. The building and gardens are pretty and show some of the grandeur Maputo (Lourenço Marques) once had. The collection of stuffed animals dates back many decades and have ever since hardly been updated and cleaned. The most famous part of the collection is the wall with Elephant phoetusses in different... More

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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34 reviews 34 reviews
18 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

The museum exhibits are a bit the worse for wear. It has been in the current building for over 70 years. The extensive elephant embryo display is worth a few minutes.

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Cascavel, PR
17 reviews 17 reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2014

Went to the museum to recover part of my life. After 50 years the museum changed its name but all the stuffed animals are in the same posit and are the same ones. Worth visiting just for fun.

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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40 reviews 40 reviews
5 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014

Set in a beautiful building, the museum is desperately in need of renovation. Most objects (animals!) are about to fall apart and been there for more than fifty years! The level of information provided also is really poor. all and all, pretty depressing!

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Cape Town
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2013

I am really happy that they at least try to have a museum with an interesting collection, but the government should seriously consider a cash injection to bring it up to standard. The museum can be a centerpiece in Maputo to be proud of.

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Hamburg, Germany
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5 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2013

It is a beautiful building opp Hotel Cardoso. It has an impressive mural by Malangatana outside. There is a new juice bar serving delicious smooties inside. And there is the (in)famous elephant fetus' collection. That makes it worth a visit....

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

Quite an interesting range of animals here and displayed well. It is either free or very cheap (we didn't know as it was included in our tour).

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Gainesville, Florida, United States
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

The Natural Museum in not great, doesn't have many rooms, but the animals are well shown. If you are close to the museum, the visit is worth.

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