List of museums in Zimbabwe

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Many Zimbabwean museums are administered by the National Museums and Monuments of Zimbabwe (a Zimbabwean government parastatal). They all open between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM and are open every day except on Good Friday and Christmas Day. They are open to everyone, and a fee may be charged depending with whether you are a local resident or a non-resident and on whether you are a child or an adult.[1] Below is a list of museums in Zimbabwe.

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Name Location Province Type Entrance Fees (RTGS$) [2] Summary
Bulawayo Railway Museum Crew Road,

Bulawayo

Bulawayo Railway Locals

Adults - 2

The museum showcases the history of rail transport in Zimbabwe.[3][4] Its exhibits, the oldest of which dates to 1897,[5] includes Cecil Rhodes' personal rail coach.[6]
Discovereum 18399 Hillside Road Extension,

Msasa

Harare

Harare Children's Opened in 2016, the Discovereum is the first children's museum in Zimbabwe.[7] The museum includes interactive exhibits suited to children.[7]
EAG Art Museum off Robert Mugabe St,

Masvingo

Masvingo Art Adults -2 The EAG Art Museum is an art museum in Masvingo. [8]
First Floor Gallery Harare Harare Harare Art The First Floor Gallery is an artist-run gallery of contemporary art featuring the work of young emerging artists established in 2009.
Gallery Delta Harare Harare Art Founded in 1975, the gallery features local contemporary art, particularly paintings, graphics, textiles, and ceramics.[9] It is located in an 1894 house, previously a private residence, that is one of the oldest structures in Harare.[9]
Great Zimbabwe Museum Great Zimbabwe Masvingo Archaeology Locals

Adults - 5

Children - 3


Foreigners

Adults - 15

Children - 8

The museum contains information related to Great Zimbabwe, an Iron Age ruin and one of the best-known sites in Zimbabwe.
Joshua Nkomo Museum 17 Aberdeen Road, Matsheumhlophe , Bulawayo Bulawayo Historic house The former home of Joshua Nkomo, Zimbabwean revolutionary leader and politician. It is a National Monument of Zimbabwe.
Jafuta Heritage Center Victoria Falls Matabeleland North Local The Jafuta Heritage Center showcases a collection of artifacts relating to local history, as well as a small library containing historical books and records about the region.[10]
Kambako Living Museum Chiredzi District Masvingo Local Kambako is a living museum focusing on the culture of the local Shangaan people.[11]
Mutare Museum Mutare Manicaland Local Locals

Adults - 4

Children - 1


Foreigners

Adults - 10

Children - 5

The Mutare Museum, opened in 1957, was the first museum in Mutare. Its diverse collection includes natural history displays, geological collections, archaeological and ethnological artifacts, and historic furniture, weapons, and automobiles.[12]
National Gallery of Zimbabwe Harare Harare Art The National Gallery, which was officially opened in 1957 by Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, exhibits contemporary art and includes an extensive collection of Shona sculpture.[13]
National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Bulawayo Bulawayo Bulawayo Art Located in a historic building behind the Bulawayo City Hall, the museum opened in 1970 as the National Gallery of Zimbabwe's first branch outside the main gallery in Harare.
National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Mutare Mutare Manicaland Art Located in Kopje House, an 1897 building that originally served as Mutare's first hospital, the museum is the Mutare branch of the National Gallery of Zimbabwe.[14] The museum displays art on loan from the main gallery in Harare, as well as works by local artists.[14]
National Mining Museum Kwekwe Midlands Mining One of five national museums nationwide, the National Mining Museum showcases the history of the mining industry of Zimbabwe. It is the only museum in Kwekwe and the only mining museum in Zimbabwe.
Natural History Museum of Zimbabwe Bulawayo Bulawayo Natural history Locals

Adults - 3

Children - 2


Foreigners

Adults - 10

Children - 5

The Natural History Museum, opened in 1964, contains exhibits illustrating the history, mineral wealth and wildlife of Zimbabwe, including the second largest mounted elephant in the world.[15]
Rhodes Nyanga Historical Exhibition Nyanga Manicaland Historic house Adults – $2 Children - 50c [16]
The former home of businessman and imperialist Cecil Rhodes. It is the only museum in Nyanga.
Utopia House 11 Jason Moyo Drive,

Mutare

Manicaland Historic house The oldest modern home in Mutare and the former home of Rhys Fairbridge, an early white pioneer who surveyed the Mutare area. It is a National Monument of Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe Military Museum Gweru Midlands Military Locals

Adults - 4

Children - 1


Foreigners

Adults - 10

Children - 5

One of five national museums nationwide, the Zimbabwe Military Museum showcases the history of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces. It is the only museum in Gweru and the only military museum in Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe Museum of Human Sciences Harare Harare Archeological Locals

Adults - 3

Children - 1


Foreigners

Adults - 10

Children - 5

The Museum of Human Sciences includes ethnographic and archaeological collections, alongside wildlife exhibits, a model Shona village, and a library. Its most notable holding is a 700 year old Lemba artifact thought to be a replica of the Ark of the Covenant, and the oldest wooden object ever found in Sub-Saharan Africa.[17]
Paper House Kwekwe Kwekwe Historic House Locals

Adults - Free

Children - Free


Foreigners

Adults - Free

Children - Free

It was built for Globe and Phoenix mine manager, Mr H.A. Piper. The paper house is a prefabricated two-bedroom dwelling built on wooden stilts since 1894. It was later used as his office after being succeed by the Phoenix House in Gaika Park. [18]
Old Bulawayo Bulawayo Community Museum Locals

Adults - Free

Children - Free


Foreigners

Adults - Free

Children - Free

Old Bulawayo was established in 1990 but the site was originally established by King Lobengula as his capital in 1870 soon after becoming king of the Matebele people. [19]
Aviation Lobengula Street, Gweru Gweru Aviation Locals

Adults -

Children -


Foreigners

Adults -

Children -

Landa Nkomo Museum Corner Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo Street and 12th Avenue, Bulawayo Bulawayo Documents the life of the late Vice President. It has portraits of Zimbabwean former presidents and vice presidents. The museum was set up by the John Landa Nkomo Memorial Trust. [20]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Introduction | National Museums and Monuments of Zimbabwe". www.nmmz.co.zw. Retrieved 2019-04-26.
  2. ^ "Services & Products | National Museums and Monuments of Zimbabwe". www.nmmz.co.zw. Retrieved 2019-04-26.
  3. ^ "Bulawayo's Railway Museum". 2010-12-12. Retrieved 2010-12-12.
  4. ^ "Railroad Museums: AFRICA". 2010-03-02. Retrieved 2010-12-12.
  5. ^ "Places to visit in Bulawayo, Bulawayo Tourist Guide, Bulawayo1872.com". 2009-07-03. Retrieved 2010-12-12.
  6. ^ "How to travel by train in Zimbabwe - a complete guide". 2010-12-08. Retrieved 2010-12-12.
  7. ^ a b Chiswe, Lindsay (2017-06-21). "The Discovereum". Pachikoro. Retrieved 2018-11-29.
  8. ^ "EAG Art Museum | Masvingo, Zimbabwe Attractions". www.lonelyplanet.com. Retrieved 2019-04-26.
  9. ^ a b "Gallery Delta". Zimbabwe Field Guide. Retrieved 2018-11-29.
  10. ^ "Elephants Walk | Jafuta Heritage Centre". www.elephantswalk.com. Retrieved 2018-11-29.
  11. ^ "Bringing Shangaan Culture to Life at the Kambako Living Museum". Singita. 2015-03-19. Retrieved 2018-11-29.
  12. ^ "Mutare Museum". Zimbabwe Field Guide. Retrieved 2018-11-29.
  13. ^ "About the Gallery". National Gallery of Zimbabwe. 10 August 2006. Archived from the original on 17 July 2007. Retrieved 14 December 2007.
  14. ^ a b "Mutare National Gallery of Zimbabwe at Kopje House". Zimbabwe Field Guide. Retrieved 2018-11-29.
  15. ^ "City of Kings". Ministry of Environment and Tourism, Zimbabwe. Archived from the original on 4 October 2006. Retrieved 11 January 2010.
  16. ^ "Rhodes Nyanga Historical Exhibition – National Trust of Zimbabwe". ntoz.org. Retrieved 2019-04-26.
  17. ^ "Zimbabwe displays 'Ark of Covenant replica'". BBC News. February 18, 2010. Retrieved September 15, 2012.
  18. ^ "The Paper House (including the National Mining Museum) | Zimbabwe Field Guide". zimfieldguide.com. Retrieved 2019-04-26.
  19. ^ "Old Bulawayo". Natural History Museum Of Zimbabwe. 2015-10-13. Retrieved 2019-04-26.
  20. ^ Herald, The. "Landa Nkomo Memorial Trust sets up museum". The Herald. Retrieved 2019-04-26.

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