Delegates to the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) general assembly have described the Livingstone Museum as a beautiful and well-organised informative centre worth visiting.
Ece Ozalp from Turkey visited the country’s oldest and largest museum and feels the layout of artifacts, especially the country’s history, is “very interesting.”
She was among the 120 delegates found trooping into the city to tour the central business district (CBD) and learn about the way of life in Zambia.
Ms Ozalp, who was accompanied by nine other delegates, whose visit began with the Livingstone Museum, said they were eager to see the city.
The Livingstone Museum, formerly David Livingstone Memorial Museum and Rhodes-Livingstone Museum, has exhibits of artifacts related to local history and prehistory, including photographs, musical instruments and the possessions of David Livingstone, the British explorer and missionary.
After the tour of the recently refurbished museum, Ms Ozalp said: “I like this place, it’s interesting and well-organised, especially the gallery which highlights human development from the early Stone Age.”
She was impressed that the museum depicts the country’s rich culture and detailed artifacts about the life of local people.
“There’s a gallery which shows the village set up and then I walked into the next gallery which shows the Zambian urban or town life…this is a beautiful, well-organised informative centre worth visiting,” Ms Ozalp said.
|Fast facts about Livingstone Museum:|
|Very well known within Zambia||Oldest and largest museum in Zambia|
|Established||1934 (Then called ‘David Livingstone Memorial Museum’)|
|Buildings were renovated with funds from the European Union||2003|
|David Livingstone’s statue was erected in front of the museum||2005|
|Located||Heart of Livingstone town on the Mosi-Oa-Tunya Road|
|Laid out in 5 galleries||Archaeology, Ethnographic, History, and the Art and Livingstone Gallery.|
Another delegate from Switzerland, Amir Deilja, said the detailed account of David Livingstone’s life and some of his personal belongings in the museum are “very interesting and well preserved.”
Mr Deija, who is scientific coordinator for the world climate programme, took pictures of David Livingstone’s oldest coat.
And Delight Makotose, from neighbouring Zimbabwe, described the museum as a wealth of knowledge and urged citizens to make use of it.
Mr Makotose said he was especially impressed that he met some Zambians in the museum.
“I have observed that local people usually shun such institutions but it’s different for Zambia,” he said.
“This place is very informative and has well-preserved data…I took pictures of David Livingstone’s oldest letters,” he said.
Mr Makotose pledged to visit the museum each time he comes to Zambia.
Zambia is taking advantage of hosting the UNWTO general assembly to market its tourism attractions such as the Livingstone Museum to attract more tourists.
Date: 30 August 2013