The history section displays Zambia's historic development from pre-colonial, through colonialism/struggle for independence, to post-independence era. The display combines a complexity of objects, archives, paintings and oral histories.

The political history is well documented and gives insights to the determination quest for self rule by the African people and their supporters. It further unfolds to colonialists desire to control the resources of the country through Central African Federation which collapsed prior to attaining political independence on 24th October, 1964Presented in this section also is the history of the liberation struggle in Southern Africa and its impact on the development projects of Zambia in the1970s and 1980s.The cash (money) economy since 1900 in Northern Rhodesia (Zambia) is also another highlight.

The economic reconstruction and the difficulties experienced in the 1980s in the country necessitated the reintroduction of multiparty politics in 1990. The Movement for Multi-Party Democracy (MMD) won the elections in 1991 and UNIP's domination in Zambian politics began dwindling as new political parties emerged. The museum enjoys a wider audience interested in the political changes of the country

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