The Zambezi Museum was officially opened by Honourable Faustina Caley, Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture on the 18th May 2021 which was also International Museums Day. The launch featured speeches from Her Excellency Ambassador Sinikka Antila the Ambassador of the Delegation of the European Union to Namibia and different stakeholders in the project, as well as cultural performances with drums and mashamba and a virtual tour of the museum. The development of the exhibitions in the museum has been guided by an Advisory Committee (ZAMAC). The Committee is encouraging people to provide more information, artifacts, photographs and stories to help the museum expand its collections and create new displays. ZAMAC has made a particular appeal for assistance in identifying places of importance in the region so that it can help create a map of important heritage sites in the region.
The Zambezi is the region with the greatest biodiversity in Namibia. The Zambezi Museum (ZAMU) is located in Katima Mulilo and is at the heart of the Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area (KAZA). KAZA coordinates activities to safeguard the wildlife and environment with the neighbouring countries of Angola, Botswana, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
The Zambezi Museum focuses on the environmental difficulties that face communities living in the Zambezi Region. The region has a complex history and the museum reflects the way in which the landscape reflects the memories of the people who live here and the ways they have managed the environment.
The museum shows the ways in which people are developing strategies to co-habit with wildlife, prevent deforestation, manage fish stocks and cope with climate change. The museum aims to be an “ecomuseum” and to develop into Namibia’s first “Green Museum”.
Zambezi ki sikiliti mwa hala likiliti zeňwi mwanaha Namibia, mi sizibaha ka mifutafuta ya sizo ni limunano ze pila mwateni, kikafo katengo kaka bona za ikale kaka bizwa Museums Association of Namibia ka bile ni ciseho yaku keta sibaka seo sesi supeza sifumu ni lipangaliko za ikale mi ni zeo ze sa ezahalanga mwa sikiliti. Mi ona sibaka seo sesibuluka ni kubonisa zaikale mwa sikiliti sa Zambezi si bizwa Zambezi Museum, mi sifumaneha mwa tolopo ya Katima Mulilo, hali ya Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area (KAZA), mi KAZA ki katengo kaka zamaisa musebezi wa kubukeleza lifolofolo, mi kasebeza kaswalisano ni linaha ze bapani ni Namibia ze cwale ka Angola, Botswana, Zambia ni Zimbabwe.
Zambizi Museum yona ika bona matata a atumezi sichaba sesi pila mwa sikiliti, bakeňi sakuli, Sikiliti sa Zambezi sikile saba mwa njikanjika mwa nako yeo Namibia hane iinzi mwa puso ya bukoba, batu baba pilile teňi bakile ba bona pono ni misunga ye miňata, ki kacwalo Zambezi Museum ika lika kuulula buňata bwa likezahalo ze kile za ezahala mwa sikili mo. Mi hape, Zambezi Museum ika bonisa bupaki ka moo batu ba mwa sikiliti sa Zambezi ne bapilele, kamutala, mone babatela sicho ka kuzuma lifolofolo, kuyamba litapi, kulwalela likota, kuyaha mandu, mane ni silelezo ya zanaheňi ni mishitu.
Zambezi Museums ina ni muhupolo wa kuchala ni ku babalela limela, mi takazo kiya kuli sikiliti sizwe mubano kakuba sona sapila sesi babalela limela ni lichalano mwa nah
Please contact the museum if you have suggestions, images, objects, or stories that can help us to develop the museum as a space where we can discuss environmental issues and see the way culture has engaged with the natural resources of our region.
The Museum Development as a Tool for Strengthening Cultural Rights in Namibia project was implemented by the Museums Association of Namibia in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture in the Republic of Namibia. This project is funded by the European Union.
Read more about the project and download the free museum and mobile exhibition guidebook here Museum Development as a Tool for Strengthening Cultural Rights (Museum and Mobile Exhibition Guidebook)
You can watch the official launch of the Zambezi Museum here
- Zambezi: Namibia’s Garden? Climate Change and Conservation Agriculture
Silozi: Zambezi: Simu ya Namibia? Kucinca kwa mayemo alihalimu ni Pukelezo ya Njmo
- Water: Friend and Foe. Coping with Seasonal Flooding
Silozi: Mezi: Mulikani ni Sila. Kutalimana ni muunda wa myaha
- Fishing Forever? Sustainable fishing
Silozi: Bundui bwa kamita? Bundui sakata
- Living with Wildlife
Silozi: Kupila ni lifolofolo zanaheñi
- Histories of the Region – Heritage Sites & Sacred Spaces
Silozi: Litaba zakale za sikiliti – Libaka zakale ni libaka zabutokwa
- Traditional Medicine
Silozi: Milyani ya Sizo
- Forests as a Sustainable Resource
Silozi: Mishitu kuba simbule sakata
- Cultural Festivals in the Zambezi Region
Silozi: Mikiti ya Sizo mwa sikiliti sa Zambezi
- The Namibian Liberation Struggle and the Zambezi Region
Silozi: Ndwa ya Kulwanela Tukuluho mwa Namibia ni Sikiliti sa Zambezi
- Zambezi Art
Silozi: Zakuswanisa mwa Zambezi
- Temporary Exhibition Gallery: Zambezi Style
Silozi: Ponahazo swalelele ya lika zakuswanisa: Mukwa wa Zambezi
- Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area (KAZA)
Silozi: Za katengo kapukelezo ya lifolofolo mwa Kavango ni Zambezi (KAZA)
Please contact the museum if you have suggestions, images, objects, or stories that can help us to document the past, the present, and the future of Namibian Music.
Museum Administrator: Mr. Siyayo
Tel: +264 66 253 755
Facebook: Zambezi Museum
Monday - Friday: 10h00 - 18h00
Weekends and Public Holidays: Closed
Address: Community Library, Dr. Hage Geingob Drive, Katima Mulilo, Zambezi Region, Namibia