Museums present another source of entertainment and adventure for tourists, giving them an opportunity to acquaint themselves with some aspects of the country’s history, culture and art. There are four national museums in the country that is, the Livingstone Museum in Livingstone, Copperbelt Museum in Ndola, Lusaka Museum in the capital, Lusaka and Moto Moto Museum in Mbala. The museums play a significant role in interpreting the country’s heritage through their research, collections, preservation and exhibitions. Investors are invited to set up hotels and other support services near the museums to take advantage of the flow of tourists.


Livingstone Museum

This museum was established in 1934 and it is the oldest and largest of the four National museums. It is located in Livingstone, the tourist capital of Zambia and home of the world famous heritage site, the Victoria Falls. It houses, among other things, a note book, in which Scottish missionary and explorer Dr David Livingstone recorded the actual date on which he saw and named the “Victoria Falls” after the Queen of England. It also holds a vast archaeological collection, ethnography, history, including mamma-logy, ornithology, entomology, ichthyology, herpetology and botany.

Moto-Moto Museum

The Museum is located in Mbala, near the tourist attractions of Lake Tanganyika and Kalambo Falls and it dates back to the 1940s. It became a National Museum in 1974 and most of its collections are from the Northern parts of Zambia, covering prehistory (Archaeology), History and Ethnography. The prehistory collection includes the Kalambo Falls’ finds that record the oldest evidence of the use of fire by man, south of the Sahara.

Lusaka National Museum

Lusaka National Museum started as a national political museum. It is now a cultural history institution specialising in ethnography, art, archaeology and history.