National Museums & Monuments of Zimbabwe

Provincial Heritage Education Quiz Finals

Southern region will host Provincial Heritage Education Quiz Finals at Victoria Primary School on the 21st of March 2014. Schools from the seven (7) Masvingo Districts will battle it out to have a champion who will represent the Masvingo Province in Harare on 18 May 2014. Last year Hwiru Primary School from Gutu represented the region at National Finals which were held in Masvingo at Great Zimbabwe World Heritage Site.

In the same spirit the region will commemorate Museum week from 12 - 18 May 2014. Schools around the site will visit the monument free of charge and have a chance to go behind scenes, that is, visit storerooms where archaeological artifacts are stored.

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.


Temporary exhibitions

Mutare Museum will be hosting an exhibition on road traffic accidents (RTA) in Manicaland. The exhibition is expected to be officially opened on the 13th of December 2013. The exhibition will look at the various causes of road traffic accidents and consequences as well as ways to reduce them. The exhibition is also going to showcase precautionary measures that can be instituted in order to give the public a better understanding of road traffic accidents.


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