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Zimbabwe, Bulawayo, Natural History Museum of Zimbabwe
« Reply #1 on: October 26, 2017, 02:08:05 PM »
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Natural History Museum of Zimbabwe

When this museum in Bulawayo was started in 1901 its focus was primarily economic geology. Its first curator was a Geologist, F.P. Mennell (see past curators). His subsequent scientific contribution to the understanding of the nation’s geology was outstanding. Subsequent curators have continued this work.
The size and scope of the geology collection is impressive. It contains over 15 000 rock samples and reference to it has played an important part in the economic development of the country. It is one of the best and most comprehensive collections in Africa containing the Broken Hill (Zambia) rare lead/zinc minerals and crystals and the Globe and Phoenix (Zimbabwe) Kermesite specimens.
The displays in the geology gallery, called the Mennell Gallery, showcase a small part of this collection – in particular various gem, crystal and rock samples. The walk through mine in the gallery is one of the key attractions to visitors to the museum, recreating the sights and sounds of an actual chromite mine as are so common across central Zimbabwe.

Cnr Park Rd/L. Takawira Ave, Centenary Park, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe 263, Zimbabwe

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