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The museum has three galleries.
The gallery is divided into four sections: Ethnography, Prehistory, History, and Natural History and presents a diverse collection of artifacts on permanent basis. There is a display of Bishop Dupontís (Bwana moto moto) memorabilia.
The museum being mainly an ethnographic one, this section exhibits the material and social culture of the people of Northen Province and other Provinces. It depicts various aspects of life, culture and traditional beliefs of people in their different social settings. There is an initiation hut of young girls with the inside showing teachings on the walls. The Mbusa (initiation figurines) available in this section contains wise teachings aimed at preparing young girls to become responsible mothers and good citizens.
Miscellaneous artifacts signify the indigenous fishing, hunting, trapping systems and cultural diversity in the areas of food security advancements, basketry, mats, barkwork and pottery. Other exhibits of interest and cultural value are Ngulu (associated to spirits), hunting charms and witchcraft objects.
The section exhibits two different epochs of human evolution and cultural development of the modern humankind from the Stone Age to the Iron Age. The Stone Age dates as far back as 50 000 years while the Iron Age to 2 000 years. The Stone Age epoch brings out different technologies used for human survival ranging from tools such as hand axes, scrapers, arrowheads, bored stones, cleavers and a multiple of microliths. Most of these artifacts were found by an archaeologist Professor John Desmond Clark, at an archaeological site near Kalambo Falls, the second deepest falls in Africa, which lies 38km from the museum. The Iron Age epoch comprises various iron artifacts of different shapes, forms and functions. Displayed is also a furnace a replica of the ones formerly used for iron smelting in the northern Zambia with ingenious bellows, centuries old tools such as tongs, hammers, and other tools related to iron smelting. This shows the culture of Iron Age technology.
The History section presents a display of objects with pictorial illustrations. The themes exhibit the Bantu migration, the chiefsí regalia with assorted pictures, missionary activities and unique trade objects. There is a display on colonization of Northern Rhodesia reflecting scramble for Africa with historical maps depicting the trend as well as remnants of First World War. In display is also the attainment of Zambiaís political independence.
Natural History Section
The natural history section is one of the smallest and accords visitors an opportunity to understand the natural environment surrounding mankind. The exhibits are mainly in the field of herpetology (study of reptiles) showing different types of snakes found in northern Zambia some of them collected by Fr. Corbeil.
The gallery houses a diverse collection of art ranging from decorated stool figurines, masks, costumes, Makonde art, statuettes from different parts of the country and modern art. There is an exhibition of musical instrument on performing art collected from a wider spectrum of society and this includes Fr J.J. Corbeilís six wives (royal drums he collected after paying bridewealth for them).
The gallery as its name implies is used for temporary exhibitions mounted to supplement the existing permanent exhibitions and enables full utilization of the preserved collections in the storeroom and travelling. The temporary exhibitions are mounted from time to time.