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
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
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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