Natural History Museum
Natural History Museum
4.5
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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Since 1964 this four-story museum has been an important homage to the history, culture and people of Africa.
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GeneralShamu
New York City, NY1,134 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
This museum is far larger than we anticipated and has so much history about the region - we wish we had more time but they kicked us out. You need at least a few hours if you actually want to read into all the stuff they have here. The live snake exhibit is lovely as well.
Written July 24, 2022
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Saar G
Tel Aviv, Israel110 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Family
The museum is a mix of natural history and Zimbabwe history. Unfortunately it looks like nothing was updated since it was first established in 1964. The history section was written from a Eurocentric point of view, talking about the “bravery” of the white settlers. When I come to a Zimbabwe museum, I want the local perspective of the establishment of Rhodesia, Cecil Rhodes, the missionaries, etc. we’re they a positive or negative for the indigenous people? This part of the museum was a disappointment. Lighting was also not well maintained so much of the displays were in the dark.
The museum has a good set of exhibits at its core, but needs some serious updating. Nonetheless, worth a visit
Written November 5, 2022
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Lola008
Pulborough, UK491 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Solo
Now I am not really a museum visitor, however with time to kill along I went. Very pleased I did, mostly natural history, large section on C J Rhodes, & geological section, it really is very well done & for myself just the right amount of information. Oh also live snakes section have to say not keen on this as I feel they should be free.
Written January 9, 2020
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Royalty travel vic falls
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe74 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Family
A very inspiring place full of history and culture. It gives people direction and a sense of belonging as they get to know how they came to be.
Written January 12, 2019
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dany2001bw
Bulawayo, Zimbabwe69 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Leopold Takawira Avenue. Officially opened in 1964, the Museum contains some superb and unique displays with exibits illustrating the history, mineral wealth and wildlife of Zimbabwe, including the second largest mounted elephant in the world. Open daily and Public Hollidays (except Christmas Day and Good Friday) from 9am - 5pm. Refreshments available. Entrance charge in foreign currency for visitors : 10usd - local visitors 5usd
Written October 25, 2009
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ATLpch
Atlanta, GA1,158 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
My husband & I visited this museum and had mixed feelings. Having volunteered for the Natural History Museum in our own city, I was saddened by the physical condition of the Bulawayo museum (exhibit cases with burned out lights, old tattered carpeting, couches with torn seats and stuffing foam visible). However, there are some very good exhibits upstairs worth seeing in the Hall of Man. There are some fantastic indiginous clothing and tools, along with great personal effects of some of the early settlers of Rhodesia and Bulawayo. Hand-embroidered panels as long as several hallways made by a local ladies guild is quite impressive. In addition, there are collections of native birds, insects, and mammals (including a 50 yr old elephant) that children will enjoy. I agree that for locals the $3 price is fair, $10 for foreigners is a little overpriced, but I would still recommend a visit.
Written October 22, 2010
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Joel28
Munich, Germany257 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
We went to the Natural History Museum during our stay in Bulawayo in june 2010. Besides the fact that the price difference between locals and foreigners is a bit exagerated (USD 3 for locals, USD 10 for foreigners) and that they want to charge you USD 5 for 5 pictures if you want to take your camera, the museum has some interesting displays on the history of Zimbabwe and about the local wildlife. It's not a must see, but if you've got some time it's well worth visiting.
Written June 23, 2010
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graham d
United Kingdom23 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
ive been to this place a few time it a very old under funded place i think its what museums in england must have been like in 1962 i do nt think this place has added much since you have to fill out a form to get in and show id to get in then they want usd if not local there is a very big stuffed elephant thats worth seeing when we were leaveing the policeman at the gate started to hassal but nothing a few dollars could nt fix
Written January 8, 2008
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Suzanne S
Dunedin, FL49 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019
This is a wonderful museum! It has taxidermy examples of the local wildlife, from large to small, mammals, reptiles, & birds! In the central courtyard are housed live snakes, and there are excellent exhibits about the local culture and industries upstairs.
Written May 18, 2019
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Rebecca H
Leicestershire, UK39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2017 • Couples
The museum was really well laid out with attractive and informative displays. One of the best natural history museums outside the UK I've visited, well worth a visit.
Written January 3, 2018
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