The Natural History Museum of Maputo
You will find The Natural History Museum of Maputo in a beautiful building from the Manueline architectural era, which is a Portuguese style of architectural ornamentation from the first decades of the 16th century. At this impressive museum, you get an interesting look into Mozambique’s wildlife where studies on animals – big and small – are on display along with a few unexpected treats.
Ethnology & PreservationThe museum has all that you would expect at a natural museum, such as an ethnography exhibit, information of animal migration and even some ancient pottery. Perhaps the most interesting pieces in the museum are the preserved elephant fetuses. Inside a section of the wall, you will see tiny white baby elephants showing development over a number of weeks. There is also a collection of preserved snakes that can be found in the region.
Impressive African Wildlife TaxidermyThe museum features a number of very interesting taxidermy exhibits showcasing some of the native animals to the area. Although these pieces are of an older date, they are definitely worth seeing. Tigers and lions are set up in battle-like scenes with a buffalo completed with artificial watering holes and are the centerpiece to a number of other animals on display. You can find elephants, giraffes, zebras and many more, which have all been preserved for you to get up close to and see every detail of these majestic animals.
If you have some spare time while in Mozambique’s capital, then you should check out the Natural History Museum. It is located just a few kilometers from the Radisson Blu Hotel & Residence, Maputo, meaning you can enjoy a nice long walk to get there, or jump in a cab and drive there in minutes.