The Uganda Museum is the oldest museum in East Africa positioned on Kintante road within Kampala the capital city of Uganda. The museum has a lot of archives that have developed the Ugandan tourism industry. It is displayed in different sections and exhibits the traditional life collection of Uganda’s culture. The museum started in 1908 at Lugard’s fort on old Kampala where now the national Gadhafi Mosque is located. In 1942 the museum was transferred to Makerere University school of fine art and later in 1954, the museum was officially transferred to Kintante hill which is now its permanent place. To note, in 2008 the Uganda museum made 100 years into existence.
There are many different amazing section in the museum where tourists can tour on their Kampala city tours as follows;
Science industry section: The science sector has got the first fold car that was made up by Alexandra Mackay and the first telephone in Kenya plus the first chair where President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni seat on when he has just come into power in 1986 all these acts as a tourist attraction to number of people, students, and researches.
Paleontology section: This is an amazing sector where one can be able to know the environmental features like animal features and birds.
Natural historical section: The natural section is lied out in reptiles features where travellers can be able to see snakes, bird species of Uganda while your here in this section, you cannot mind about encountering bird’s species in Uganda’s protected area.
Musical galley: The section of musical galley displays the traditional instrument they used during those ancient years and update such as drums, string instruments, percussion and many more.
Ethnography section: Within this section it comprises old traditional dressing code, baskets, wooden tools, traditional reed door, barkcloth, traditional dressing code i.e. gomesi for women and kanzu for men, wooden sandals, and tools were used include stones, bones, wood for different purposes.
Archaeology section: This is the section displayed with museum galleries such as drums, xylophones which were used by traditional Africans stories for Bachwezi and also the first printing press which printed the first newspaper to be read in Uganda, they all act as attraction to Uganda’s tourism.
Cultural Village sector: This section is found outside the premises of the museum where you can encounter the history concerning about Uganda’s cultural houses categorised of different traditional huts ‘’house’’ among Uganda’s traditional tribe namely Batooro, Bakiga, Lango, Baganda, Ankole, Buganda, Baguishu and many more others, each traditional hut has its own clan, hunting spires and hunting has been existing for over 100,000 years ago, bark clothing, traditional beds, knives, traditional dressing codes and saddles they used.
The Uganda museum has contributed a lot to Uganda’s tourism due to vibrant craft shops the handmade materials which people usually buy for their life remembrance.
The Uganda museum has preserved a lot on culture sites through the exhibition of historical cultural site such as the first fold car many visit museum to come and take a look of it, traditional huts, the first chair where His excellent Yoweri Museveni first seat on in 1986 thus leading to tourism site.
The Uganda museum has acted as a tourist attraction to school tours who visits the place to learn practical thing basing on what they have been taught at school, they visit museum for study purposes to discover the historical nature of Uganda.
However, some visit the Uganda museum purposely to enjoy their leisure time from there, because it has a big environment consisting of gardens and workshops where people gather once in a year “event” to sell the traditional things to different traditional materials which has helped a lot to archive Uganda’s tourism industry.
The Uganda Museum has also impacted a lot on Uganda’s education and research of schools, universities in a way that they get to know the historical background of Uganda that has been existing for years such as natural history, cultural wear of Uganda, Archaeology which are exhibited in the Uganda museum with more details concerning about them.
Uganda museum acts as a touristic attraction to many visitors who come to experience more about the African traditional history and treasures of Uganda which are kept under one roof. Visit Uganda museum and come up with great experience of African traditional way of life during those ancient years before this modern way of life.
However, it offers amazing view of these cultural materials like musical instrument, cutlery, leather work, traditional milk pot as well as craft materials such as earing, handmade bags, neckless, decorative materials which you can buy for your future remembrance.
Uganda museum is best visited during festival seasons and it’s when most of the foreigners and domestic people are free and have time. Still, it can be visited all year round. Uganda museum opens up on daily routine to those who wish to explore each traditional section being displayed inside. Be sure to explore the fascinating Uganda Museum when you are on your Uganda Safari Tour.