Given its fascinating history, it is no surprise that Livingstone has several good museums. The main Livingstone Museum is the most important of these, and certainly one of the best in the country.Livingstone Museum
In a prime position on the crest of Mosi-oa-Tunya Road, in the middle of town, Livingstone's main museum is due to reopen following extensive renovation. There are exhibits on the Stone Age, and features on Zambian culture, politics, history, animals and traditional village life in the area. There is also a unique collection of Livingstone's personal possessions and the museum often has special exhibits of which the witchcraft one is especially interesting, if somewhat hair-raising. Sculpture and paintings by Zambian artists are also displayed and available for sale.
The staff are friendly and knowledgeable and guided tours are included. It is well worth a visit, if only to familiarise yourself with the area and culture. There is also an excellent large relief map depicting the falls and gorges, which puts everything into good perspective.
Open: 09.00–16.30 daily. Entry fee: US$3 (children US$1) Railway Museum
This specialist museum (PO Box 60927; tel: 321820, 323452; fax: 03 324509; email: firstname.lastname@example.org) is situated about 1km along Chishimba Falls Road, towards the southwest side of town. There's a collection of beautifully preserved old steam locomotives and memorabilia, including a working 1922 10th Class 156 out of Glasgow that is occasionally given an airing, to the delight of local children, and displays on railway history – appropriate for a town where the railway was built in 1905. Even if you're not a railway enthusiast, it's worth popping in if you've half an hour or so, if only to climb into the cab of the working steam engine (it's all very 'hands on') or to come face to face with a real 'Thomas the Tank Engine'.
Open: daily, 08.30–16.00. Entry fee: US$3 Field Museum
Much smaller than the main museum in town, this is next to the curio stands by the border and concentrates on the origin of the Falls, and the development of man in the area. Snacks and cold drinks are available in the shop next door.
Entry fee: US$2 (US$1 for a child)