Stone sculpture dates back to time immemorial in Zimbabwe, but now the country’s rich culture of sculpture is being showcased in many galleries dotted across the country. Here are some of the top galleries to visit in Zimbabwe.
The National Gallery of Zimbabwe is probably the most recognized gallery in the country. It is dedicated to preserve and conserve Zimbabwe’s contemporary art and visual heritage. Opened by Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother in 1957 when Zimbabwe was still under the British rule, the gallery is located right in Harare’s Central Business District. The gallery has permanent art collections and there are several exhibitions that take place year round.
Located in a beautiful garden near Harare’s Robert Mugabe International Airport, the Shona Sculpture Gallery is made up of works that depict the lives of the indigenous people before the colonial era. On display are works by the best of the contemporary Zimbabwean sculptors. These exceptional artworks are exhibited in a stunning garden setting, an oasis of beauty and tranquility that visitors will adore.
Located in Harare, the National Handicraft Centre showcases an exciting collection of Zimbabwean crafts handmade by artistes from Zimbabwe’s 10 provinces.
Located in Zimbabwe’s tourism hub, Victoria Falls, the Prime Art Gallery prides itself in selling artworks made from recycled materials such as elephants made of bottle caps, a rhino made of crushed cans, a house made of plastic caps, dragons made of aluminium cans, and a variety of rolled magazine crafts, including place mats, mirrors, and necklaces.
The Natural History Museum of Zimbabwe is home to extensive displays of history, geology, animals, birds and insects, and holds as a major source for scientific and educational activities and embraces a comprehensive library and exhibition galleries. The Natural History Museum in Bulawayo is Zimbabwe’s largest museum. This circular building has its ground floor dedicated to natural history and geology, while the first floor focuses on human history.
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