The Uganda Museum is the oldest museum in East Africa to display different historical section of traditional back ground of Uganda, located along Kintante road few kilometres away from Uganda capital city ‘’Kampala’’. This museum has contributed a lot on Uganda’s tourism industry with great achievements through exhibiting the traditional life collection of Uganda’s culture. It started in 1908 by the British protectorate government at Lugard’s fort on old Kampala where now the National Gadhafi Mosque is positioned. Later in 1942 it was shifted to Makerere University School of Fine art and in 1954 was officially transferred to Kintante hill which turned into a permanent place.
To note, in 2008 Uganda museum made 100 years into existence something outstanding and remarkable in the entire East Africa.
Uganda museum is based on different amazing sections that attracts millions of tourists on Uganda City Tour.
Science Industry section
The science section is displayed with the first fold car which was made by Alexandra Mackay and the first telephone in the country as well as the first presidential chair where President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni seat when he had reign into power ‘’1986’’. All these have acted as a tourist attraction and study purposes for both tourists, students and researches.
This section allows you to see or know the historical back ground of environmental features like animal features and bird species.
Natural historical section.
This natural historical section displays out reptiles features where tourists can be able to sightsee snakes and bird species of Uganda.
This section displays out the traditional instrument that were used in those ancient years such as drums, string instruments and percussion among others.
This historical section is composed of old traditional dressing code like gomesi for women and Kanzu for men, wooden sandals, bark cloth, baskets, wooden tools, traditional reed door. Tools they used for hunting like stones, bones, wood for different purposes.
This section is displayed with museum galley such as Xylem phone, drums were used has forms of instrument by traditional African stories for Bachwezi. The first printing press which printed the first newspaper to be read in Uganda is also displayed in this section thus impacting on Uganda’s tourism.
Cultural Village section.
This section displays with different African traditional huts where one can get excited of these beautiful huts each with its different historical back ground. It is found outside the promises of the museum. This Uganda’s cultural houses are categorised of different traditional huts ‘’house’’ among Uganda’s traditional tribe called Batooro, Bakiga, Lango, Ankole, Baganda, Bagishu among others. Each traditional hut has its significant has a clan like hunting spire and hunting in Uganda has been existing over 100,000 years ago. Tools used include bark clothes, traditional beds, knives, traditional dressing codes and saddles.
The Benefit of its Existence and its Main Attraction
The Uganda museum has impacted a lot on Uganda tourism board due to vibrant craft shops made of handmade materials which tourist buy for their future remembrance.
The museum preserves a lot on culture sites through the exhibition of historical cultural site like the first fold car which has attracted to many, the traditional houses and the first chair where president Yoweri Museveni seat on his reign in 1986.
Uganda museum also acts as an attraction to school tours who visit the place for study purposes to discover more about the historical nature of Uganda.
To other travellers visits the museum purposely to have their leisure time with families, friends and groups from here because it has a conducive environment composed of gardens and workshops where people do gather once in a year for the event for exhibition of traditional things thus impacting on Uganda’s tourism industry.
It has also helped to archive on Uganda’s education and researcher of schools, Universities in such a way that they get to know about the historical back ground of Uganda such as natural history, cultural wear and archaeology which are displayed inside the museum with more information about them.
The museum it has also played a great role on Uganda’s tourism hub through acting as a touristic attraction to a number of visitors who come here to experience the life of the African traditional history and treasures of Uganda’s stone age which are kept under one roof. Visit Uganda museum and leave with great experience of African traditional way of life as we compare with this modern way of life.
However, the museum offers a great unforgettable experience of cultural material such as cutlery, musical instrument, traditional milk pot, leather work and craft material like handmade bags, neckless, earrings which you can buy and take back for your home country.
Best Time to Visit Uganda Museum
The best time to enjoy your hour of visitation here at Uganda museum is during festival seasons ‘’Christmas time’’ when number of foreigners and domestic travellers can be seen in the area exploring the beautiful traditional sections displayed inside with a guide explaining each section respectively.