National Museums & Monuments of Zimbabwe
Current & Upcoming Events

NATIONAL HEROES ACRE

“TORTURING A NATION”

THE CHIBONDO GENOCIDE

This  is  an  exhibition  that  showcases  the  results  of  an exhumation  carried  out  in  2011  at  Chibondo  Mine in  Mount  Darwin. Chibondo  is  a  focus  case  that epitomizes numerous  horrific  insistences where  thousands  of  innocent  civilians  and  Liberation  fighters  were  killed and  dumped  into  mine  shafts  and  shallow  graves in  an  attempt  to  curtail Zimbabwe’s marched  freedom.  Also  on  exhibition  will  be  results  of  osteo- archaeological  analyses  of  the  exhumation  findings. The  exhibition,  which  is  largely  pictorial,  is  anchored  on  a 3  metre 3D   model  of  the  mine  shaft  showing  the  three  levels  from  which  bodies  were  recovered  separated  by  both  the  type  of  remains recovered  as  well  as  their  different  states  of   preservation.

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Revamping of the Beit gallery

The Museum intends to rebuild and reorganize the Beit Gallery to respond to changing visitor needs. This will be the largest gallery re-display since the museum was officially opened in 1964. The new Beit Gallery is expected to be commissioned in September 2014 to coincide with the museums Golden Jubilee celebrations.

The project will enable the museum to present and re-evaluate histories and the environment while also responding to contemporary social shifts and new historiographies. Exhibits and topics which evolved over a long period of time will be transferred into a new and coherent concept, creating new contexts for museum objects and new kinds of visitor experience. This will also give the museum the opportunity to employ new methods of display and interpretation that enhance visitor experience.

Presently traffic flow is uncontrolled and the gallery has un-demarcated sections containing artefacts covering different subjects such as transport, natural history, geology, archaeology and ethnography. For the envisioned plan to be successful before the Golden Jubilee celebrations, Mutare museum is appealing for financial support amounting to $37 700. For any donations, please contact the Regional Director, Eastern Region on 020 63630 or the Executive Director of National Museums and Monuments of Zimbabwe on 04 710044.

 

Botany and Zoology Department

The famous live snake displays in the Mezzanine gallery will soon be re-introduced by public demand. The plans are at an advanced stage and the following weeks will see activities like construction of rat breeding house and field collections of the Gabon vipers to be displayed. Snakes are quite fascinating creatures yet people know very little about them. We will soon bring them closer to our visitors, in a safe environment. The displays are for the enjoyment of all age groups of visitors to Mutare museum and for educational purposes for scholars.

 

 

 

 

 

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