Thursday, October 11, 2012

The Uganda Museum – Rich and Diverse

The Uganda Museum is a vivid reminder of the country’s colorful past. The museum is a great introduction to Uganda – it offers a variety of exhibits that display the many unique aspects of the country in a way that is far from boring.

A display of Uganda’s cultural heritage, the museum is indeed an absolute show of Uganda’s rich and diverse cultural heritage where one can see ethnological and natural-historical exhibitions. One of its most interesting features is the collection of traditional musical instruments, which one is free to play.
You enter the museum and the hall splits in three directions leading to the different exhibits; stone-age room, traditional musical instruments, history, iron-age, traditional life, natural history and the paleontology gallery.
The museum contains a-must-see rich and diverse materials from Uganda exhibiting essentials of traditional culture, archeology, history, science, and natural history. It also regularly presents performances of traditional music.

The Uganda Society’s library is housed in one room of the Uganda National Museum. Started in the 1930’s by a group of scholars, the collection is comprised of approximately 3,000 volumes, maps, periodicals and photographs, all pertaining to African history, culture, sociology, travel and science.
In addition to its collection, the library houses the books of the East African Wildlife Society and a number of books from the museum which were given to the society’s care some years ago. Although the library was a circulating library for many years, due to the limited availability of the books and their value, the collection is currently available for reference use only.

Makerere University’s main library in Kampala has a general collection, which is the largest in Uganda. The most important specialized collections, all in Kampala, are found in the Albert Cook Library at Makerere Medical School (at Makerere University), the Institute of Teacher Education, the Uganda Polytechnic Kyambogo (formerly Uganda Technical College), the Makerere Institute of Social Research, and the Cabinet Office.

Located in Kampala, the capital along Kira Road (to Kamwokya) off Bombo Road, the museum presents a charming and diverse set of exhibitions that are interesting, informative and accessible to all. Also among the collections are playable musical instruments, hunting equipment, weaponry, archaeology and entomology.
The history section information is concise and easy to follow and the further you tour the museum the more impressed you will be by collections on view and how they are displayed. The various weapons; war, hunting and also instruments of punishment will be a big hit with children

The traditional instruments on display are very special – a far cry from the ones you see for sale in various craft shops. The natural history section is really interesting and especially the window highlighting the stealth-like attributes of some Uganda’s insects

The call by George Wilson in 1906 for all “articles of interest” on Uganda to be procured, perhaps explains why the museum scope is so broad and its collections are so varied. This diversity is the museum’s strength and I imagine all visitors will be able to find something that grabs their interests as they wander through the various galleries

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