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“Surprising, in a good way”

Natural History Museum
Ranked #2 of 16 things to do in Bulawayo
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Since 1964 this four-story museum has been an important homage to the history, culture and people of Africa.
Reviewed June 26, 2013

This museum is definitely worth a visit if you're in the city. I was surprised to find that despite the age of certain exhibits (where "Rhodesia" has been taped over with "Zimbabwe"), their overall state and quality are actually world-class. The upper floor is a particularly interesting mix of pre- and post-colonial history as well as local and African culture, anthropology and customs. Beautiful artifacts are on display, with detailed and interesting information. The stuffed animals on the ground floor are imposing and extremely well presented. It was actually a bit creepy being the sole visitor on a winter evening here... This is an exceptionally well-made museum and definitely worth a small detour. Keep an eye out for details (like the plaque on the Nile Crocodile exhibit on the ground floor ;)

Thank Zerosixzero
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Reviewed April 11, 2013

The museum and its displays are low tech, but still interesting and relatively well-maintained, considering. Part of the charm of the museum is its historical, slightly moth-eaten flavor. I especially enjoyed seeing the mounted animals up close. The Zimbabwe / Rhodesian history and culture section was interesting as well.

Our four year old has visited 3 times and still finds it a bit creepy (low light, big animals up close), and boring after 20 minutes. She loves the ornithology (mostly the butterflies) exhibit.

They've recently opened an affordable coffee shop with nice pastries in the basement and are running family friendly morning and afternoon films in the auditorium during school holidays. There are also regular lectures on interesting topics.

Thank MaiFarai
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Reviewed March 7, 2013

The Natural History Museum is a bit out of the city centre, but has a wealth of exhibits. Its gives a very well rounded and comprehensive rundown of everything you could want to know about Zimbabwe. It’s often busy with schoolchildren.

1  Thank A380fan
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Reviewed January 4, 2013

From the realistic lion kill, to the biggest bird collection, the oldest fish to the reptiles each display has amazing detail...always lookout for the hidden little animals hiding in the grass or on the rocks. Realistic mines suck you into the natural geology and massive rock collection and spit you out at the kiosk.the hall of man needs to be updated to modern findings such those in Joburgs cradle museum, but the hall of chiefs is very interesting and can't be matched in detail or content by any other museum I have been to. Well worth a trip in the morning or late afternoon give yourself 3 to 4hours for a detailed visit.

Thank WoodyZA
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Reviewed December 11, 2012

New Museum Director Dr. Moira Fitzgerald breathing new life and enthusiasm into what had become a drab museum. Dr. Fitzgerald needs all the support she can get from our Bulawayo Public and out of town visitors.

1  Thank Noel E
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