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Revisiting misplaced collections, enhancing the museum experience

The case of Mutare Museum’s Beit Gallery - Mutare Museum is a regional museum in concept, covering the eastern area of Zimbabwe, popularly known as Manicaland, and is specialised in transport and antiquities.

Revisiting misplaced collections, enhancing the museum experience

Eastern Shona Kitchen hut model in the Beit gallery ©Mutare Museum

By Lloyd Makonya, Marketing Officer, Mutare Museum

The museum officially opened its doors to the public on 13 September 1964, and received a large portion of its construction funding from the Beit Trust. The museum’s Beit Gallery was established at its founding in recognition of the unwavering support from the Beit Trust. Today, Mutare Museum houses five galleries, namely, Eastern Districts, Mezzanine, Transport, Beit and Boultbee, showcasing various collections, including live displays. Following the museum’s Golden Jubilee celebrations, held in September 2014 for its 50th anniversary, changes have been undertaken in the Beit Gallery that have wholly transformed the face of the museum and enhanced the museum visitor experience.   

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