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Background: The Copperbelt Museum was established in 1962 by a steering committee of civic and mine leaders. The goal was to establish a living museum thus a gallery of natural history with emphasis on ecology, geology, mining and local history.

Zambia’s independence in 1964, led to the creation of the National Museums Board in 1966 under the new Museums Act.  The Copperbelt Museum was gazetted as the second national museum after Livingstone Museum in 1968. As a result of an increasing collection, the same year the collection was moved from Caravel House to Bwafwano House in Buteko Avenue, until 1978 when the museum moved to its present premises along the same avenue.

The present size of the Museum has been a challenge to many public programs that cannot be held at the museum. However, the museum is being transformed into a vibrant, innovative and popular museum under the theme of Science and Technology. The land has been acquired in a strategic location near the Mufulira round about closer to the new football stadium and enroute to the new shopping complex in Mitengo area.

The Museum’s Mission Statement

To preserve, conserve, and appreciate the country’s mining and industrial heritage for enjoyment through exhibitions, education and public programmes to the diverse clients.


  • Preservation of mining and industrial heritage of the country.
  • Promoting the development of science and technology museums and science centres.

Other activities:

  • Research, Consultancy and Advisory services on heritage
  • Undertaking of primary and secondary field researches
  • Networking with other science and technology related international and local institutions, universities, colleges, etc.
  • Collaborative researches and internship with international and local institutions in science and technology
  • Creating linkages with hospitality and craft industries.
  • Offering non formal education to diverse clients in heritage development and management

Strategic focus: Public History, Heritage Development and Management, Poverty alleviation through scientific and technological innovation

Last modified on Friday, 13 February 2015
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