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
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.
The museum is open every day from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm. The museum is open to School groups on
Ugandan Adults 2,000 Ug shs
Ugandan Children 1,000 Ug shs
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