Uganda Museum

5-7 Kira Road, Kitante Hill
365 Kampala
Tel. : +256 41 244 060/ 232 707
Fax : 256 41 245 580
Contact by email

About Us

The Uganda National Museum is located on Kitante hill, 5kms away from Kampala city centre. The

Museum show cases Uganda's heritage through temporary and permanent exhibits. The varied

displays take us through Uganda's past and contemporary cultures with collections of Ethnography,

Paleontology, Archeology, Natural History, and Science and Industry.

 The museum hosts educational and social functions such as public lectures, workshops, weddings,

cultural and present-day festivities. It provides space for individuals, organizations and local artisans

to promote their works and topical issues affecting society. Findings from research activities and new

collections are showcased in the temporary exhibition. The Museum also hosts the children's resource

centre, a child friendly environment with hands on activities that promote literacy and cultural heritage

among children


The Uganda Museum is one of the oldest Museums in East Africa and was officially established in 1908.

Its history goes way back in 1902 when the governor of the British protectorate government George

Wilkerson called for collection of objects of interest throughout the country to set up a museum. The

museum was first opened in a small Sikh temple at Lugards fort in Old Kampala Hill. This building soon

become too small to hold specimen and the museum was moved to Margret Trowel School of fine Art

in Makerere University College in 1941.Later funds were raised for a permanent home and the museum

was moved to Kitante Hill in 1954. The Museum building is a landmark designed by a German Architect

Ernst May. In 2008, the Uganda Museum turned 100 years and today the Uganda National Museum is

under the Ministry of Tourism Wildlife and Antiquities in the Department of Museums and Monuments

with the mandate to manage protect and promote Uganda's movable and immovable heritage.

Admission hours/fees

The museum is open every day from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm. The museum is open to School groups on

weekdays only

Ugandan Adults 2,000 Ug shs

Ugandan Children 1,000 Ug shs


  • Arterial network
  • Media, Sports and Entertainment Group (MSE)
  • Gens de la Caraïbe
  • Groupe 30 Afrique
  • Alliance Française VANUATU
  • Zimbabwe : Culture Fund Of Zimbabwe Trust
  • RDC : Groupe TACCEMS
  • Rwanda : Positive Production
  • Togo : Kadam Kadam
  • Niger : ONG Culture Art Humanité
  • Collectif 2004 Images
  • Africultures Burkina-Faso
  • Bénincultures / Editions Plurielles
  • Africiné
  • Afrilivres

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