Research & CollectionsThe museum collections have grown steadily over the years, both in scope and number. Starting from an ethnographical background, they have expanded in fields of Prehistory, History and Natural History.
The museum collections have grown steadily over the years, both in scope and number. Starting from an ethnographical background, they have expanded in fields of Prehistory, History and Natural History. Now the Museum holds a valuable national collection of cultural and natural materials. The museum holds a vast archaeological collection among which is evidence from the biggest trade market in central Africa and mine findings of the Broken Hill Man, it also holds the largest reference collection of the biodiversity of Zambia, being particularly strong in birds and mammals. It has a rich ethnographic collection dating back to the early 20th century and holds a vast collection of David Livingstone memorabilia. The museum has one of the oldest libraries in the country as well as an extensive archive, boasting the oldest collection of relics and documents connected with Northern Rhodesia.
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For a long time ethnography formed the core discipline of the Museum, with the collections dating back to the establishment of the Museum in 1934. The section holds about 15,000 objects collected from different parts of Zambia. Though not exhaustive, the collection gives a comprehensive assemblage of materials of the various ethnic groups in the country. The Section continues to study the socio-economic and cultural activities of the people of Zambia.
The Archaeology Section was established in 1957 as a direct result of the advances made by the Museum in archaeological research, especially concerning the Stone Age epoch of Zambia. The section has contributed greatly to the understanding of Zambia’s prehistory, undertaking research in about two-thirds of the country, to the effect that now people can write more authoritatively on the Stone Age and Iron Age epochs of Zambia. The section has over 3,000 collections.
meet the research staff
Assistant Keeper of Ethnography and Art
Assistant Keeper of Entomology
Assstant Keeper of Archaeology
Assistant Keeper of Ornithology
Assistant Keeper of History
Assistant Keeper of Ichthyology
Assistant Education Officer
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Open every day: 09:00 - 16:00
Closed on 25 December and 1 January
Residents: Adults K10, Children K5
Non-residents: Adults US$5, Children US$3