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“An Outstanding Museum With Amazing Exhibits and insights into the Country's History”

Bulawayo Railway Museum
Ranked #3 of 16 things to do in Bulawayo
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Reviewed 13 July 2014

Run on a shoe string, this Railway museum is a must see and would be of great interest to both railway enthusiasts and historians given the range of exhibits. The railways were a significant contributor to the development of the country from the 1890s and during its existence has had one of the best collections of steam engines in the world. The museum is run by Gordon a retired 37 year veteran of the railways and his knowledge and enthusiam makes the tour very interesting and enjoyable. Amongst the museum's many exhibits is Cecil John Rhodes carriage which is in mint condition. Other then engines, carriages and equipment there is a good selection of crockery and cuttlery from by-gone eras and some wonderful photographs including those from Royal visits. The museum has no Government funding and relies on small donations. Gordon asks for a nominal fee to visit the museum. Sean Kelly

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Reviewed 9 July 2014

Comprehensive museum with some amazing vintage locomotives and carriages including Cecil Rhodes personal carriage. Very interactive. Fun for adults and children alike

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Reviewed 4 July 2014

If you were into trains when you were young, you will enjoy the railway museum. They have some of the old engines that allow you to get up and inside them and see what you always wanted to see in a train. One of the most spectacular sites is the private coach of Cecil John Rhodes, and is still in the same condition as when it was last used, which was to transport his body from Cape Town to Bulawayo in 1902. Gordon, the current caretaker of the museum, is a passionate railway historian and is a must to talk to, and if you can, ask to take you around.

Thank Markus I
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Reviewed 1 July 2014

Excellent portrayal of the growth of the railway in a relatively young country. Well documented and presented, although sad to see such fine exhibits no longer doing that for which they were built. Thank goodness people had the foresight to preserve such an important slice of history.

Thank Dave H
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Reviewed 30 June 2014

This is comparatively a small museum with a mixture of more formal displays and some of it more like a junk yard but that is fascinating in itself. If you can, get Gordon Murray, who is the curator, practically the owner, to show you round. He loves his museum and will make sense of all the displays which, perhaps, could have better information attached to them but that is to be critical!

If you are a railway buff you will be totally in your element. If you are interested in Zimbabwe history you will be impressed and if you are just a general tourist or visitor you ought to find enough to interest you for an hour or so.

It is a good place for children too as there are so many old locos and carriages to climb onto and into, even a little hand pump action trolley to play with. It is accessible to wheelchairs in a general sense but some exhibits may not be.

The central attraction is probably Cecil Rhodes old carriage but the entrance is a reconstructed old station and that takes you back in time as much as anything.

It could do with a big cash injection but it is maintained with love. It is just a little bit out of the way, though still very central to Bulawayo, and so is easy to miss but for a visitor to Bulawayo it is well worth it in a homely sort of way.

At only a dollar to go in, it is certainly not a rip off. There are no refreshment facilities but the toilets are clean which doesn't go without saying in this country!

Thank Richard H
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