Our story starts from Mercury House centrally located on Shangani Street, Stone Town, opened on the 12th of January 2002 by Javed Jafferji. Years later in 2019, their love for Freddie Mercury brought two friends, Andrea Boero and Javed Jafferji, together to pay tribute to their favourite star, born Farrokh Bulsara in Zanzibar and who became an icon who touched the hearts of millions around the world.
This museum was officially inaugurated on the 24th of November 2019 in order to commemorate the 28th anniversary of the passing of the beloved rock music legend Freddie Mercury.
The Freddie Mercury Museum is officially partnered with Queen Productions Ltd. in the United Kingdom which has helped us make this dream a reality by providing us with the necessary content to make this one-of-a-kind museum. With the contribution of Rusi Dalal, a close friend of the Bulsara family and one of the key supporters, sharing with us with his insight into his close relationship with the Bulsara family and putting us in touch with Freddie’s sister Kashmira Bulsara. The Freddie Mercury Museum presents us with a detailed record of the birthplace of Farrokh, his roots within the Zoroastrain religion, his childhood and upbringing in Zanzibar, his schooling in Panchgani, India, and then his extraordinary journey to becoming one of the greatest stars of all time.
We have worked together with people who knew Freddie on a personal level, or who know his musical legacy in detail, to provide a deeper insight into the true character which Freddie was, in order to portray his road to stardom. Special thanks to Queen Productions Ltd. We are indebted to Greg Brooks, Sharon Herbert, Richard Gray and Jim Beach in the United Kingdom. With sincere gratitude to Rusi Dalal, Kashmira Bulsara, Benito De Souza, Zarina Jafferji, Diana Darunkhanawala, Bomi Jamshed Darunkhanawala, Donna Da Silva, the late John Baptist Da Silva and Bruce Murray. Not forgetting our team in Zanzibar; Anam Adnan, Michele Corrado and Kumail Jafferji who helped in curating the contents along with us for the museum.