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“Natural History Museum, Bulawayo”

Natural History Museum
Ranked #2 of 14 things to do in Bulawayo
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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.
Bulawayo, Matabeleland North, Zimbabwe
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25 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Natural History Museum, Bulawayo”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2013

Wonderful museum with loads to see and something for everyone, young and old alike take your time and explore... it's easy to miss some exhibits...

Visited August 2013
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Fort Collins, Colorado
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83 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Pricey But Worth It”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2013

If you have some time in Bulawayo this museum is worth a few hours. It is obvious that it is in a state of decline and disrepair though. But you will learn a lot about the history of the nation. They do not allow photos though which was dissapointing. They say it is for security reasons?

They do over charge and I wonder where the money is going but that seems to be the norm in Zim.

Visited July 2013
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Nanaimo, Canada
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“A time capsule.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2013 via mobile

Informative, delightful. Outdated yet charming. A family affair. Take your time in this museum. There is much to be learned!

Visited August 2013
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Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
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3 reviews
“Lose your self for a few hours”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 1, 2013

The natural history museum is an excellent place to spend a couple of hours checking out the history of zimbabwe. There are many interesting exhibits of a high quality including the second largest mounted elephant. This place is a must for all travelers to bulawayo.

Visited April 2013
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Bern, Switzerland
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306 reviews
44 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 218 helpful votes
“Surprising, in a good way”
5 of 5 bubbles 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 ;)

Visited June 2013
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