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Livingstone
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09:00 - 16:30
CLOSED: 25 December and 1 January

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Residents: Adults K10 Children K5
Non-residents: Adults US$5 Children US$3

Bat research in Mulobezi District provides new distribution records

Bat research in Mulobezi District provides new distribution records

Recent research in Mulobezi District by the Livingstone Museum yielded at least 12 different species of bats, most of which are new records for the area. Bats are one of the most diverse group of mammals and they play an important role in the ecosystem. Fruit-eating bats help in seed dispersal, pollination and reforestation, while insect-eating bats help control various insect pests. There are nearly 80 different types of bats in Zambia, but a lot is still to be known about their distribution. The information collected will be added to the upcoming Atlas of Zambian Bats currently being prepared by the Mammalogy Section. The research team – Clare Mateke, Maggie Mwale and Kenneth Kambimbi – and the Livingstone Museum, are grateful to the local authorities in the area for allowing us to carry out this important research.

Angolan Free-tailed Bat
Setting up nets
Recording measurements of bats captured
Peters’ Epauletted Fruit Bat
Setting up nets
Variegated Butterfly Bat
Recording data from a captured bat
White-bellied Free-tailed Bat
Czech Museum signs co-operation agreement with Livingstone Museum

Czech Museum signs co-operation agreement with Livingstone Museum

Livingstone Museum welcomed His Excellency Milos Vystrcil, Speaker of the Senate of the Czech Republic, and his delegation during their tour of Czech-supported projects in Southern Province. The delegation, which was in the country to explore business opportunities, included five senators, Czech Ambassador to Zambia, the Director General of the National Museum of the Czech Republic and the Director of Naprstek Museum of Asian African and American Cultures in Prague. They were accompanied by the Minister of Southern Province, Honourable Credo Nanjuwa. The delegation was given a tour of the Museum by the Director, Mrs Victoria Chitungu. This was followed by the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Livingstone Museum and the National National Museum of the Czech Republic, represented by the Director General, Dr. Michal Lukeš. The two museums agreed to cooperate in the areas of exhibitions, conferences, workshops and exchanging professionals, among others. Before leaving, the delegation laid wreaths at the statue of Czech explorer Emil Holub outside the Museum.

Temporary Closure

Please note that the Livingstone Museum will be closed to the public from 13hrs on Wednesday, 11th August to 9hrs on Monday, 16th August 2021.

We are open again!

After having closed on 18th June 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are happy to inform you that we are now open to the public again and you are all welcome to come and visit. However, note that public health measures including washing hands and wearing of masks will still be required for all visitors.

Temporary closure

Temporary closure

Please note that the Museum will be closed from 18th June 2021 until further notice due to the escalating number of COVID-19 cases.

Exhibition on Chokwe Masks

Exhibition on Chokwe Masks

We are excited to share with you an exhibition entitled “The role of Chokwe masks and symbols in Mukanda”. The Chokwe people were late arrivals into present-day Zambia, travelling from Angola in the early 1900s and settling in north-western Zambia. They are closely related to the Lwena, Luchazi, Lwimbi, Songo and Ovimbundu peoples of Angola, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Zambia, and share many cultural traits and traditions. This exhibition highlights the symbolism of Chokwe masks in the male initiation ceremony which is known as ‘Mukanda’.  The collection of Chokwe masks and other cultural materials was donated to the National Museums Board and acquired with the courtesy of the Embassy of France in Zambia, Alliance Francaise of Lusaka, StArt Foundation and Total Zambia’s Financial Support. The exhibition opened on 4th June and will run until 27th June 2021.

Hairstyles in Zambia exhibition

Hairstyles in Zambia exhibition

On 20th November the Livingstone Museum launched its “Hairstyles in Zambia” exhibition. The exhibition compares Zambian hairstyles from 1920 with those from recent times. It also looks at the tools and accessories used over the years. Zambian hairstyles have played an important role in the identity of various ethnic groups. Different hairstyles revealed one’s status in life and are also a statement of beauty. While tools and techniques may have evolved over time some hairstyles have remained the same over the passage of time. Hairstyles are used as important forms of expression in many cultures in Africa, including Zambia. They help people showcase their artistic skills and they stimulate and encourage creativity among people. They also give people a sense of identity.

During the launch programme, a team of local models livened up the programme by modelling both traditional and modern hairstyles, courtesy of Jane Hair Salon. We are thankful to the models: Memory Mabuku, Lisa Mudenda, Mutinta Hamubotu, Eugine Chilandula, Memory Muluka, Jennifer Muzaza and Loveness Hangoma, who brought this exhibition to life. The exhibition was opened by Livingstone District Commissioner, Pascalina Musokotwane.

We are also thankful to the following, without whose help this exhibition and its launch would not have been possible: NATSAVE, WayiWayi Art Studio and Gallery, Green Tree Lodge, Magamba Hills Lodge, Smart Media Production, Muma’s Beauty Enhancement and Natural Hair, Musa Arts Studio, Jane Hair Salon, Mr. Felix Thindwa, Mr. Gift Chilufya, Ms. Kabwe Moyowanyambe, Mr. Debson Nyeleti, Ms. Bertha Namutowe, Mr. Benjamin Mibenge, Mr. Mungoni Sitali and Mr. Patrick Kasoka.

The exhibition will run until 20th January 2021 so please find time to pass through and see it!

 

 

Handover of new ablution block to the Museum

Handover of new ablution block to the Museum

Today the Museum celebrated the official handover of its new external ablution block by the contractors, that will serve the restaurant and education hall. This was part of a project funded by the Private Enterprise Programme (PEP) Zambia (now Prospero) which began in 2019. The project also involved creation of a Museum website, expansion and restocking of the crafts shop, and refurnishing of the conference room and courtyard, among other things. The main aim of the project was to improve the financial sustainability of the Museum.

Director General, National Museums Board, Mr Flexon Mizinga, giving a speech during the official handover ceremony
Handover of the new ablution block by the contractor, Clean Construction Company Ltd.
The courtyard’s new look after being refurnished
Newly refurnished conference room
World War II 75th Anniversary Exhibition

World War II 75th Anniversary Exhibition

The Livingstone Museum, in collaboration with the Russian Centre of Science and Culture, today launched an exhibition commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the end of World War 2. The exhibition looks at victory in the Second World War as one of the significant uniting factors of the Allied Forces and aims to honour the heroes and victims of the war by preserving their memories and retelling the history of the war as a reminder to all that never again should the world experience such terror. The exhibition contains more than 100 photos and original artefacts covering 8 avenues of the War, including the Main event; Heroism; the role of Africa in WWII; The Genocide of the War; Alliance against Fascism; and the Nuremburg trials. A tour of the exhibition was given for invited guests by Dr Aleksandr Anisimov, Director of the Russian Centre of Science & Culture. The exhibition will run for one month.

Livingstone Museum Re-opening

Livingstone Museum Re-opening

We are excited to inform you that, having closed on 25th March 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Livingstone Museum will be re-opening its doors to the public on 15th June 2020 in accordance with government advice. Note that since the pandemic is not yet over, strict health safety measures will be in place to protect our staff and visitors. The Museum will be open every day from 09:00 hrs to 16:00 hrs.