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Visit the Uganda Museum: Travel Back in Time

The Uganda Museum

The Uganda museum features as one of biggest and most ancient museum. It was established around 1908 and it is approximately 3 kilometers off Kampala city center. It features about 3000 historical maps, photographs and periodicals as well as archaeological artefacts, traditional museum instruments and not to forget ethnological and historical exhibitions which depict Uganda’s cultural heritage. For those you who love culture or wish to explore history of this magical country, a visit to this site is worth it.

This museum was founded by the British protectorate government in 1908 with ethnographic material. Its history dates 1902 when Governor George Wilson called for collection of objects of interest throughout Uganda to establish museum. It began in a small Sikh temple at Fort Lugard along Old Kampala hill and between 1920 and 1940, E.J. Wayland, Bishop J. Wilson and many others who collected most of the artifacts to boost the museum. At Fort Lugard, the museum was small to accommodate all that was aimed preserving and later transferred to Margret Trowel School of Fine Art at Makerere University in 1941. After sometime when funds were raised, a permanent structure was set up and the museum was moved to Kitante hill in 1954. In 2008, it made 100 years.

Today, this museum features several galleries, ethnography, natural history, science and industry, early history, traditional music a mention but a few. The ethnography part features over 100000 object of historical and cultural value. The traditional reed door takes you to exhibits on health, knowledge, objects of warfare and many others. The music gallery on the other hand exhibits a comprehensive collection of musical instruments from all corners of Uganda.

On the other hand, this museum conducts research countrywide with intensive research on Karamoja area-Napak, Kadam and Moroto, eastern side of Uganda at the base of Mount Elgon and entire western rift. The paleontological research unit has however yielded fossils which relate to human evolution and example is Uganda Pithecus. This means that besides exploring the significant history and cultures here, you also have a chance to conduct your research at this museum which will supplement on your knowledge.

The cultural village on the other hand depict various architectural and traditional lifestyles. If you wish to explore more about the indigenous ways of people of Uganda, then this site has it all for you. The houses include those of the batooro, Bamba house, Ankole, Bunyoro, Hima, Kigezi, which represent the western area. The eastern region is represented by Busoga house, Bugisu, Teso house, Japadhola, Karamoja and many others. Equally, other regions are represented.

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