By Matobo Hills Lodge
The Top 5 Museums you must visit across cities in Zimbabwe collect and preserve our objects and material of religious, cultural and historical value.
As learning environments and also as repositories for works of art, historical artifacts and other forms of information these museums help to promote our cultural heritage.
1. MUSEUM OF HUMAN SCIENCES – HARARE
This museum focuses on archaeology and ethnography. It was originally opened in 1903 and called the Queen Victoria Museum. The museum contains the seven-hundred-year-old Lemba artifact Ngoma Lungundu, which some believe to be a replica of the Ark of the Covenant. It is the oldest wooden object ever found in sub-Saharan Africa.
2. NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM – BULAWAYO
Opened in 1962, it is home to displays of history, geology, animals, birds and insects. With its stunning displays and valuable research collections, it is the largest museum in Zimbabwe and ranks fourth in size among the museums of Africa. It is an impressive circular building with nine public display galleries, a lecture hall with a seating capacity of 120 people.
3. ZIMBABWE MILITARY MUSEUM- GWERU
This museum has various displays that portray the history of the Army, Air Force and Police. It was opened in January 1974. In addition to the aircraft, visitors can view aero engines, uniforms and equipment associated with Zimbabwe’s military history. The museum has seven galleries including the foyer, the military history gallery, armoured vehicle hanger, police gallery, Guinea Fowl School Memorial hut and the artillery hanger.
4. BULAWAYO RAILWAY MUSEUM
This museum focuses on the history of railways in Rhodesia and Zimbabwe. Its oldest exhibits date back as far as 1897, and include Cecil John Rhode’s personal railway coach. The Museum is owned by the National Railways of Zimbabwe and was opened in 1972.
5. NATIONAL MINING MUSEUM- KWEKWE
This museum is dedicated to showcasing Zimbabwe’s mining heritage. It’s sited at Zimbabwe’s second largest gold producer, the Globe and Phoenix mine which produced over 4.2 million ounces of gold in its lifetime at an average grade of 27.6 grammes per ton. This museum also incorporates The Paper House, an amazing and unique historical relic from 1894. The Paper House is made from wood and reinforced cardboard and wire mesh. http://www.matobohillslodge.co.zw
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