Zambia National Museum
Zambia National Museum
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Fortune_Madhuku
Harare Province, Zimbabwe455 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
Great if you want to know about Zambia's history; from stone age, through colonial period, to present day Zambia. Located along Independence Avenue, next to the government complex. Amount of USD 5 is charged as entrance fees for foreign tourists.
Written November 3, 2023
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tovika
Lusaka, Zambia17 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2013 • Solo
I really enjoyed admiring all the objects and artefacts that are displayed there. A lot has been displayed on the history of Zambia from the colonial days right through to independence and going forth. There is also a real life typical village setting that is built therein. I particularly enjoyed the works of art. I understand that this is a new museum and there is still much that needs to be done to enhance its appearance, but overall it is an interesting place to visit in order to have a feel of Zambia the real Africa.
Written April 30, 2013
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Barbara A
Milwaukee, WI1,971 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Without a guide, we wouldn't have learned so much. The displays have a lot of writing and are interesting but the museum at Livingstone was much better in my opinion. It's a way to spend an hour and get insight into the Chinese connections as well as the political struggles.
Written December 30, 2019
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Sonia B
Esher, UK67 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Family
We spent a couple of hours here looking at the exhibits in the museum. There was also an art and photography exhibition on the ground floor.

It was interesting to find out about the history of Zambia, the country's journey to independence and the archaeological finds of early man that were unearthed nearby.

The art and photography exhibition showcased some wonderful talent with some beautiful paintings, drawings and photos.
Written May 7, 2019
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Dingo40
Norrkoping, Sweden151 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Solo
Ok - I'm not going to lie and say this is the most well-resourced and comprehensive museum ever, and there is definitely not much in the way of art to see (aside from the giant statue outside), but...if you read all of the exhibits, you can get a quick/condensed yet broad overview of life in Zambia from early evolutionary days to large population movements and ethnicities in the region to the colonial history to modern politics. It's a bit of a one-stop shop in this sense, and I spent quite a bit of time taking it all in, as I'm interested in learning about the places I'm visiting. I also saw an interesting display about scientific inquiries into primate habits in Uganda. It didn't have anything to do with Zambia, but the photos were amazing, and again there was a lot to learn. I can't recommend the museum for art, but there are some historical artifacts. You need to have a learning mindset to enjoy it. I spent a couple of hours there as I do like to read and learn, but others may well spend less time.
Written September 12, 2017
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Nimbu2010
London, UK96 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Solo
The museum building is a fairly large modern block with two floors. The ground floor is used for temporary exhibitions and the second floor has more permanent displays about Zambia's history and some rather large dioramas of African village life. The well known display case with witchcraft objects is on this floor tucked away in a corner.

Entry for foreign nationals K50.

There is a cafe and a gift shop selling the usual tourist stuff.

It really does depend what the temporary exhibition is. The permanent exhibition takes no more than 10-15 mins to get around. That was more than enough.
Written June 2, 2017
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Judy s
lusaka11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016
The Museum is centrally located and can be accessed by public transport or other means.The museum has a lot to offer,and can be interesting when you pay a visit there with a minimal charge at the gate.A tour guide will take you round and show you most of the exhibits displayed.
Written May 17, 2017
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Mark P
Lusaka, Zambia146 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2015 • Friends
A country with such a long and colourful history and amazing heritage should have so much more to show.
Written September 3, 2015
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Winnie M
Nairobi, Kenya63 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2014 • Couples
We always visit the local museum of a country whenever we are travelling as it gives us an idea of the people, cultures, and sometimes a lot more information than the people themselves. This was no different.
We definitely learnt a lot about pre & post independence history from the museum but they could do a lot better.
Without dating your exhibits, or giving more information on them, it is difficult to understand its value.
They should do alot more in preserving what they have.
Written November 13, 2014
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jamiel0ck
Wayne, PA14 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2014 • Couples
The building is impressive, but the exhibits are pretty basic. However, the patriotism, enthusiasm, and friendliness of our guide, Sharon, made it worth the trip. Her stories and explanations made us feel that we got to know Zambia.
Written October 2, 2014
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