Things to Do in Maputo

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Maputo is the capital city of Mozambique, and there are many Maputo things to do, as this harbor city has a mixture of activities. One can have a walking tour to look at the various architecture or view paintings at the national museum. There is something for everyone to do in Maputo.

National Art Museum

The National Art Museum is small by western standards, but in no means insignificant. This attraction first opened its doors in 1989 and has gathered an eclectic collection. A visitor coming to the museum will find a collection of art by local artists.  The museum features works from Malangatana, Naguib, Chissano and Mucavele. The museum is located in the district of Bairro Central. Visiting hours are from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm. A visitor can wander around the statues and canvasses, and then enjoy a coffee at a sideway café.

Jardim Tunduru Botanical Gardens

The Jardim Tunduru Botanical Gardens were designed by the renowned English gardener, Thomas Honney, in 1885. The design of the garden was based on the gardens of Sultan of Turkey and the King of Greece. Entering the park, a visitor will find a statue of Samora Machel, the first president of Mozambique. The gardens are filled with ferns, cycads and other exotic species of plants. Wandering further through the garden, visitors will see tennis courts where they can grab a game. The Mozambique Tennis Association uses the courts to train their players for tournaments. The gardens have a greenhouse that visitors can see if they get permission from management. At the end of the visit, a tourist can enjoy a cool drink at the Radio Mocambique.

Museum of Revolution

    The Museum of Revolution is located in Maputo. This museum chronicles the struggle from when the Mozambicans had to break away from the Portuguese and other foreign powers, like the Soviet Union, that tried to control this area of Africa. The museum contains a number of the artifacts from the struggle. A tourist can see weapons used by the fighters. There are a number of AK-47s, and other artillery is on display for people look at in the halls. Visitors will feel that they are in a time warp as they see the history of the revolution all around them.

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