Bulawayo Railway Museum
Bulawayo Railway Museum
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  • Adrian D
    4 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth the token entrance fee
    For a very nominal entry fee of 2US$ it was well worth a visit. The curator Gordon Murray was very welcoming and there is a lot see (but don’t expect the NRM at York!). You can get hands on with the exhibits, on the footplates etc. and there is a pump cart you are free to try your hand with. My partner thought it great fun!
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 17 November 2023
  • Jonathan C
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Perfect sunny afternoon
    A stunning place of history. We enjoyed an hour of walking in between old coaches and trains. It's fun to discover the place and learn about Zimbabwean railways history. Make sure you visit Gordon at the office and listen to some stunning stories about Bulawayo and the rest of the country. The place is definitely worth a visit and a great opportunity to support the work they're doing on preserving former times.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 8 March 2024
  • ALAN L
    Duns, United Kingdom1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Recent visit 12th March
    I have been to the York Railway Museum but found my recent visit to the Bulawayo Railway Museum to be more fascinating and enjoyable. Gordon who showed us around was a font of knowledge and his passion for all things railway was evident when speaking to him. The highlight was being able to go into Cecil John Rhodes personal carriage. Being able to climb onto the Garratt class and other locomotives is not something you will do at York Railway Museum.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 22 March 2024
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ALAN L
Duns, UK1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
I have been to the York Railway Museum but found my recent visit to the Bulawayo Railway Museum to be more fascinating and enjoyable. Gordon who showed us around was a font of knowledge and his passion for all things railway was evident when speaking to him. The highlight was being able to go into Cecil John Rhodes personal carriage. Being able to climb onto the Garratt class and other locomotives is not something you will do at York Railway Museum.
Written 22 March 2024
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Jacek L
25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
The museum is an absolutely amazing place, huge, full of exhibits showcasing the history of railways in Zimbabwe.I spent a fascinating over 3 hours there, and I could have spent twice as much.
Written 16 March 2024
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Jonathan C
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
A stunning place of history. We enjoyed an hour of walking in between old coaches and trains. It's fun to discover the place and learn about Zimbabwean railways history. Make sure you visit Gordon at the office and listen to some stunning stories about Bulawayo and the rest of the country. The place is definitely worth a visit and a great opportunity to support the work they're doing on preserving former times.
Written 8 March 2024
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Adrian D
4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
For a very nominal entry fee of 2US$ it was well worth a visit. The curator Gordon Murray was very welcoming and there is a lot see (but don’t expect the NRM at York!). You can get hands on with the exhibits, on the footplates etc. and there is a pump cart you are free to try your hand with. My partner thought it great fun!
Written 17 November 2023
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Nadiya J
25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Solo
It was a beautiful enlightening experience rich in history and culture. The tour guide is part of the history being told, which makes it even more fascinating.
Written 24 May 2023
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Shaun Supanich
12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Couples
What a treat. This place was much more than I hoped for. It had many trains from the beginning of rail history of Zimbabwe. The highlight of the museum is Mr Rhodes personal train car from the late 1800s. If you're in town this is a must see. It is run without any help from the government so if you can afford to make a donation to help with the upkeep.
Written 6 July 2022
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LFCKOPITE4EVER
Rancho Mirage, CA239 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
A MUST visit! Wow! Went in for a quick one and spent 3 wonderful hours. The site is extraordinary and a true journey through time. Gordon Murray is part and parcel of it all and a true 'train man' and he has done a fantastic job overseeing since retiring from the Rhodesia/ Zimbabwe railroads. Cecil Rhodes personal car is the major - that would be a trophy for any major museum - but there is far, far more... plan for at least a couple of hours with pic opportunities a aplenty...
Written 5 July 2022
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Michael F
Winter Haven, FL151 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
This is a wonderful museum for any interested in trains, but it is much more than that. This museum really drives home how important trains were to the creation of the modern state. As you tour the museum, you get a really good picture of the last 150 years of history, from a British colony to modern Zimbabwe. I highly recommend this place.
Written 13 June 2022
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Li Mü
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Couples
We liked our visit very much! You are able to climb inside a lot of historic trains, learn about the interesting rhodesian/zimbabwean railway history, drive yourself on a trolley and sit inside cecile rohdes private luxury coach. Gordon, the friendly guy who runs the museum, can answer all your questions and show you around.
Written 1 June 2022
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Denis1947
Cape Town Central, South Africa8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
Being shown the locomotives and carriages by Mr Gordon Murray, the Manager and Curator, was an exceptional treat. Gordon is very knowledgeable and enthusiastic, volunteering technical and historical information.
Written 19 April 2022
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