The Uganda Museum

Uganda museum is located in the city of Kampala the capital city of Uganda. The museum is a natural historical and traditional life that displays the collection of Uganda cultural heritage. The Museum was established in the 1908, among the Uganda’s collection.

The Uganda Museum is recorded in history as one of the oldest museum in East Africa. It was established in the 1908 on behalf of the British protectorate government with a number of ethnographic materials.

The Uganda museum started in a small temple AT Fort Lugard on old Kampala Hill. However later on funds were raised for a permanent home, which led to the dislocation  of the Uganda museum to move  its current area on Kitante Hill in 1954,in 2008 the museum turned 100 years old. The Uganda Museum has different galleries these include Traditional music, early history, science, industry, Ethnography and Natural history.

Ethnography Gallery

The ethnography section   has more than 100,000 object of culture value and historical. The traditional read door leading to health, knowledge systems of warfare, and various ceremonies and dressing practices in Uganda.

Uganda Museum carries out research across the country; there is intensive research in eastern Uganda, Karamoja region Mount Elgon, of western rift to Dellu near the border of Sudan.


Range of collections exists from 1960s to the present. The collections are available to researchers upon student’s request.

Education services

The Uganda Museum offers educational services in many forms   demonstration lessons, workshops, outreach programs and complimentary services.

Due to the available specimens, museums arrange a variety of tropical lessons which are related to school curriculum.

Domestic and student tours are conducted around the museum, giving aids, films, and slides.

Museum staff from the education section they go into areas of the country to teach in village schools that are located in remote areas that are not able to reach the museums.

The Museum is equipped with different facilities such as internet café, canteen, these offer variety of traditional food of Uganda, gift shops that showcase crafts.

Uganda Museum is a cultural village with grass thatched huts displaying the traditional lifestyles of people in Uganda. This is for visitors who look out for past and new experiences of ways Ugandan people portray their cultural materials such as milk pots that are made out of woods. Bead work, vessels, baskets, ceramics, horn work, leather works, musical instruments, armoury, and many more that are displayed.

The houses displayed include Batooro house, Bamba house. Ankole house, Hima house, Kigezi house all these represent the western religion. Some of the interesting items in the Ankole house all belong to Banyankole such as bowls, pots, all these clays and mingling stone showing how Banyankole prepare Bahima, the milk gourds that are used for milk keeping and the long horned type o cattle that dominant the Hima Kraals. There also known for making lotions made out of milk to smear on the new bride.

Eastern part of Uganda include areas like Jopadhole house, Busoga House, Karamonjong House, Bugisu house Teso House. The Bugisu House has many displays with circumcision tools,headgear and knives. The Teso House has several calbashes that are used for brewing and drinking of malwathis is one of the popular local brews in the eastern parts.

There are pots for making kalo and mingling stones this time of cooking is their main food. There other houses at the Uganda Museum where one can learn and also experience a different culture away from home the house include  Acholi house,Alur House, Madi House and all these are from the northern part of Uganda. These houses some of them contain arrows, bows, which are used for protection tools.

The house represents from the central region .the house has a number of things such a drums, backcloth, baskets for luwombo, wooden sandals, hunting nets and omweso this game is among the Baganda.

Tourists have a great opportunity to experience different cultures of Uganda.

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