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Natural History Museum
Ranked #14 of 51 things to do in Maputo
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Reviewed February 17, 2013

I just adore this museum. There are an amazing variety of very old, decaying, dusty, stuffed animals. That are all eating each other. Seriously - everything is in the process of eating or killing something else. There's even a bird that is carrying off a small deer, and another that somehow managed to grab an octopus on display. But the lion eating the buffalo that has stepped on the lion and left its guts spilling out is the best. Once upon a time there used to be a soundtrack of roars and moans, that - combined with musty rotting guts spilling out and dim atmosphere - totally just made this the best place for a halloween party ever. Now the soundtrack is gone, alas. There's still an array of elephant fetuses that they are quite proud of (rightly so), and some interesting and somewhat bizarre educational displays of genetics and evolution. All in all, a very fun museum.

Thank AmyMoz
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Reviewed November 6, 2012

There is no upkeep of this beautiful landmark. It is very dusty inside. It is also relatively cheap to see - about $4.

2  Thank Nicqi_m
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Reviewed October 22, 2012

This museum was probably quite good when it was decked out 50 years ago but for today´s international standards it really is quite poor with very little of note inside. There is an extensive collection of taxidermied fish, insects and more. The taxidermied animals in the main entrance are a little more interesting but really not worth making a trip for. Only go if you really are SEARCHING for something to do in Maputo - or are staying across the road in Cardoso hotel

1  Thank TMGy
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

The coelocanth was the highlight. So any great exhibits but poorly displayed and explained. Given the potential to increase tourism in Mozambique this has great potential but needs to be significantly improved from its current format.

1  Thank Gerdav4074
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Reviewed September 16, 2012 via mobile

This place was probably wonderful in the 1960's, but it is now filled with moth eaten and tatty exhibits and definitely smells of dead animals. It's worth seeing but don't plan to be there for more than an hour.

1  Thank crisbaxter
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