The Uganda Museum – Kampala

Dating far back to 1908, the Uganda Museum can be considered as the custodian of Uganda’s past. The building which is considered to be great historical significance to the Pearl of Africa Uganda, her citizenry and the number of travelers that undertake safaris in Uganda contains range artifacts that were collected over time symbolizing the process of modern day man’s civilization and past.

The Uganda Museum is located along Kiira Road in Kamwokya Kampala and is one of the significant tourist attractions that can be encountered in Kampala city by tourists on guided or self drive Uganda safari. The Museum houses a range of ethnographic items that bring out the traditional Ugandan society and the process of its civilization. The hunting equipment, music instrument s which can be played freely, archaeology, entomology and weaponry are among the artifacts in the Uganda Museum.


The Uganda Museum is considered to be the oldest in East Africa and its setting up stretches back to 1902 when objects of interest were called by George Wilkerson. In 1908, the British Protectorate government formally established the Museum at Old Kampala hill in a small Sikh temple. The excavations continued spearheaded by Bishop J. Wilson, Church Hill, E. Lanning, P.L Shinnie and E, L. Wayland from 1920 to 1940s leading to increase in the number of artifacts. Thus a bigger space was required and Margaret Trowel School of Fine Art at Makerere University was considered in 1941. In the process, the funds for construction of a more spacious and established Museum were raised and by 1954, the Uganda Museum had got a home on Kitante hill the place where it has lived up to today. This history in its self presents a rich trail that a tourist on safari in Uganda could opt to explore in detail.

Besides the exhibits in the Museum gallery, the Uganda National Museum is also a haven for educational tours that appear in form of demonstrations, outreach programmes, workshops and a range of complimentary services. The traditional huts in the Museum back yard depict a range of tribal communal stings ad their different architectures which are worth exploring while on Uganda safaris. The traditional canteen on the site offering traditional cuisine gives the taste of the Ugandan tradition. There is also a gift shop where one can get a souvenir to take back home. The German Architect Ernst May is credited to have designed the Uganda Museum structure.