The museum located in Mbala, near the tourist attractions of lake Tanganyika and Kalambo Falls, dates back to the 1940s when the late Father Jean Jaques Corbeil, a Canadian missionary, collected cultural artifacts from the northern parts of Zambia for study and preservation posterity.
The Museum was officialy opened in 1974, when it became a National museum under the official Museum board of Zambia. Most of its collections are from the Northern parts of the country, covering Archaeology, History and Ethnography.
The pre-history collection include the Kamlambo Falls finds that record the oldest evidence of the use of fire by human, south of the Sahara. Moto Moto means "Fire Fire".
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