The Uganda Museum is conveniently situated in Kampala, along Kira Road. The museum was inaugurated in 1908, after Governor George Wilson called for ‘’all articles of interest’’ on Uganda to be obtained. There are several collections in the museum, such as; the playable musical instruments, weaponry, hunting equipment, archeology and entomology. It displays and exhibits ethnological, natural-historical and traditional life collections of Uganda’s cultural heritage. The museum is one of the things highly recommended to give a visit when on a Kampala city tour as there are very many things to enjoy.
What to take pleasure of in the museum
The history of this beautiful museum is ear-catching right from its start in a small temple at Fort Lugard on Old Kampala Hill to its shifting to the Margret Trowel School of Fine Art at Makerere University College up to its current permanent location on Kitante Hill. The museum is both the oldest and biggest in the entire East Africa. The remarkable cultural village is another thing to visit in the museum. The cultural village comprises of recreated traditional homes from different tribes of Uganda, portraying traditional lifestyles of Ugandans.
The music gallery in the museum offers a lot of entertainment as it evinces a comprehensive collection of musical instruments like drums, percussion, wind and string instruments which you will be authorized to play if interested. There are also live traditional performances which will give you a lot of fun and happiness. The archaeology section is also an amazing one to visit as it is equipped with the parts of Stone Age and Iron Age where you will be able to see the stone tools which were used like one million years ago.
The ethnography gallery provides the visitors with the touch of cultures and peoples’ way of life. It consists of more than 100,000 objects of historical and cultural value. Well as the Paleontology gallery is equipped with the fossils that relate to human evolution aged 20-plus million years ago, such as; Uganda Pithecus – a fossil ape (fossil skull of a remote cousin of Hominidae) that was discovered in Napak, northern Uganda. Furthermore, a wide range of collections exist at the museum from the 1960s to date and specimens are displayed in the Paleontology gallery which is open to everyone. Collections in storage are available to researchers and students on request; therefore there are education services in the museum as well.
At the museum, you will also be able to evidence how communication has been evolving from years back to date, not only of Uganda but also of East Africa wholly. The museum boasts the model of the first telephone in East Africa that you will be able to see on your excursion in the museum. Furthermore, the architecture of the museum is also eye-catching, thus getting a great time while there.