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The All Inclusive Historical Hub – Livingstone Museum

The Livingstone Museum is a memorabilia of Zambia’s historical events documented graphically and in writing. The Museum houses different galleries that cover archaeology, ethnography, ichthyology, natural history and entomology among others. The artefacts and exhibitions deliver an insight into the national history and ethnic heritage of Zambia. The Museum is the oldest and largest of the Museums in the Country. The facility can be easily accessed as it is in the heart of Livingstone along the Mosi-oa-tunya Road. Having maintained its colonial outlook and housing a vintage aircraft visible from the main highway, the Museum gives a rather attractive charm that would definitely compel one to enter the place. Upon entering, one is greeted by the friendly staff, a trail map recreation of the Victoria Falls and the map of my beautiful Country, Zambia. As the other contestants and I walked through, I was glad to see how humans have developed through time and the different tools that were used by early man for various purposes. It is interesting to note that some of the ancient tools exhibited in the human development exhibition hall were actually taken from a place called Dambwa in Livingstone City.
I was also very glad to see the life-size recreation of a typical village setup complete with relics that characterise village life. It was all too interesting to view the depiction of animals, insects, reptiles, fish and birdlife that seemed too true to be lifeless! I was yet again mesmerised by the depiction of the town with the lovely Mirage House, E. Susman General Dealers Store, a taxi with a driver and a passenger, the Police Man, School Children and general community going about their business. More fascinating was the cultural and witchcraft section that had very interesting articles too. I saw clothing made from bark cloth, the traditional beads and ornaments worn by women for various reasons, the charms and wizardry items used to bring misfortune, kill, communicate with other wizards/witches or protect oneself from harm. This section was spine-tingling for not only me but other contestants too.
It was great to visit the Livingstone gallery and view original letters written by him. I was glad to learn about his family tree and see original items that belonged to him such as his coat, mirror and other interesting pieces. I was also ecstatic when I saw a map of Zambia with famous faces of the Country and others who have been here before. It was great to read articles and information about the slave trade era, pre and post-independence articles and modern day depiction of the political scene. Towards the end of the tour, I saw the motorbike that belonged to first Zambian President Dr. Kenneth David Kaunda. I read about him and others who fought for Zambia’s independence. To wrap it all up, I was glad to see how this rich blend of culture, history and modern day all come alive in this vintage themed historical house. Visit the Museum every day (except Christmas and New Year Holidays). The opening times are 9am – 4:30pm. Charges for Zambian residents are K10 for adults, K5 for children while international guests are charged $5 for adults and $3 for children.

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