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The Uganda Museum was inaugurated in 1960 and its collection spans from that time to present day. The Natural History or Palaeontology Gallery has exhibits that visitors can view. PHOTO/UGANDA BUDGET SAFARIS

The Uganda Museum is accessible from Kampala city via Kitintale Hill, a distance of around 4 kilometres.

The oldest and largest museum in Uganda, the Uganda Museum was established in 1908 and is a repository of Uganda’s cultural legacy, allowing visitors to see the country’s history and riches all in one place. 

Over two million years of human history, the outstanding collection spans a wide range of art forms, including monumental monuments and intimate portraits.

The history of the Uganda Museum

Aside from the archaeology and natural history displays, the museum’s ethnographic collection includes a wide range of topics, including clothing, fishing, agriculture, pharmacology, religion, and recreational activities that we can all learn about. 

Highlights include the remains of an eight-million-year-old Napak rhino and a variety of contemporary musical instruments, some of which can be played.

The Uganda Museum is operating, and its collection spans from the 1960s to the present day. The Natural History or Palaeontology Gallery is available to the public, and visitors can view the exhibits there. 

Visitors and students are given a museum guide to help them learn more about the house and its surroundings through outreach programmes, presentation lessons workshops, and other educational events held by the museum. 

Visitors will be able to see the Museum in its entirety side by side. 

Archaeological, iron smelting and other sections of the museum demonstrate the techniques that were utilised more than a million years ago at the museum’s archaeology department.

The traditional music section of the building features the first locally built equipment in the Pearl of Africa. Towards the back of the Uganda Museum, you’ll find a cultural village with huts depicting everyday life in Uganda

For those interested in learning about Ugandan culture and customs, a variety of traditional Uganda Museum artefacts, such as wood-based milk pots, cactus containers, flint knapping, jewellery, horn work, ceramics, cutlery, leather works, weapons, and musical instruments, are available for viewing in museums throughout Kampala. 

According to the many tribes of Uganda, such as Batooro house, Ankole house, Tooro house, and Bahima, huts are created. The huts on the show are from various parts of Uganda, including the south, west, east, and north.

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There are bows, arrows, and other weapons in the Alur, Acholi, and Madi houses of northern Uganda.

How much does it cost to enter the Uganda Museum?

The Uganda Museum is accessible via a variety of modes of transportation, including taxis and motorbikes (boda-boda). 

This is one of the most common modes of transportation in the city of Kampala, but private transportation can also be provided if needed, all at affordable prices since it’s not far from the city centre. 

The Museum of Uganda in Kampala is now known for hosting a variety of events and festivities. The grounds of the Uganda Museum host a variety of fun factories, such as Blankets And Wine, the Rolex festival, cultural shows in Ekyoto, and more. 

Allowing visitors to enter and exit the museum at their convenience, the museum is open Monday through Saturday. With so many guides available to assist you at any given time, you’ll be glad you have them.

To access the Uganda Museum, Non-Ugandans pay 5,000 UGX for entry, while Ugandans pay 2,000 UGXUgandan and visiting children pay 1,500 UGX and 500 UGX, respectively, to play. 

To bring in both cameras and video equipment, you’ll have to fork up 5,000 Ugandan Shillings (UGX).

Accommodations near the Uganda Museum

There are several hotels near the Uganda Museum from which tourists to the city can choose a place to stay while on a city tour of Kampala and notably the Uganda Museum. 

The lodges include; Golf course Hotel, Fairway Hotel and Spa, Metropole Hotel Kampala, Bushpig Backpackers, Arcadia Suites-Kampala, among others.

Things found in the Uganda Museum

Traditional musical instruments from throughout Uganda can be found in the section dedicated to traditional music. They are grouped into distinct subsets. 

Some of these instruments include xylophones, percussion, and flutes.

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Items found in the house of the central region include a backcloth, food storage baskets, hunting nets, and drums.

A cultural village

The museum’s main structure is surrounded by a grass-thatched hut cultural settlement. People in Uganda live in traditional huts like this, which show the country’s cultural heritage. 

There are several artefacts from the period, such as baskets, musical instruments, artwork, and pottery. Bamba House, Batooro House, Hima House, Ankole House and Kigezi House depict the western area tribes in the museum’s huts. 

There are four houses in eastern Uganda: Karamojong house, Jopadhole house, Teso house, and Bugisu house. Tolls, knives, and headgear for circumcision are found in the Bugisu home.

Among the items found in the central region’s house are a backcloth, food storage baskets, hunting nets, and drums. Bows, arrows, and other weapons are found in the Alur, Acholi, and Madi houses in northern Uganda. 

It is at this village that you may get a sense of Uganda’s many ethnic groups and traditions.

The Science and industry section

Stones, mineral specimens, and rock samples from around the country are on display in this section.

History from the early days

In this section of the museum, you’ll see artefacts from the Stone and Iron Ages, as well as stone tools that date back to around a million years ago. Spears, horns, arrows, and other weapons are available. 

It also shows how mankind has evolved.

Musical instruments

There are a variety of musical instruments from all around Uganda on show in the area dedicated to traditional music. Various groups have been formed for them. 

Some of the instruments include xylophones, drums, percussion, and flutes.

Conclusion

For anyone planning to learn about Uganda and its culture, the Uganda Museum is a great place to start among some of the tourist attractions in Kampala.

Last but not least, for an all-inclusive tour experience in Uganda, view our guide to Uganda Martyrs Shrine, The Bahai TempleWhite water raftingBungee JumpingVisit Mount MuhaburaGorillas in UgandaSsese Islands, Cost of Gorilla TrekkingMurchison Falls National ParkLake Mburo National Park and Semuliki National Park.