UGANDA MUSEUM; THE CUSTODY OF UGANDA’S HERITAGE – UGANDA SAFARI NEWS
Established in 1908, the Uganda National museum is the custody of Uganda’s past. It is such a thrilling building that houses a range of artifacts that were collected from different parts of the country overtime making it worthy of encountering while on Uganda safari tours.
The Uganda National Museum is positioned along Kiira Road, Kamwokya and forms one the must-visit attractions in Kampala city for travelers undertaking safaris in Uganda. The Museum contains a collection of ethnographic items that feature the traditional and natural-historic life of the native Ugandans along with various developments that the country has gone through up to this far. The music instruments that can be freely played, hunting equipment, entomology, archaeology and weaponry also exist in the museum.
Uganda Museum boasts of being the oldest museum in Eat Africa and its creation dates back in 1902 when George Wilkerson called for objects of interest to establish a museum and was officially established in 1908 by the British Protectorate Government. The museum initially started in a small Sikh temple at Lugard’s Fort on the hill of Old Kampala. After extensive excavations by Church Hill, Bishop J. Wilson, E. Lanning, E, L. Wayland and P.L Shinnie from 1920 to 1940s, the initial site became too small to hold the artifacts thus they were transferred to Margaret Trowel School of Fine art at Makerere University in 1941. The funds were raised and the current structure was put up in 1954 on Kitante hill.
Besides, permanent exhibits in the museum gallery, the Uganda National Museum also offers educational tours inform of demonstration lessons, workshops, outreach programs and complimentary services. The museum also has a canteen that features Ugandan traditional cuisine and an internet cafe not forgetting gift shop where various handicrafts are on sale to travellers on safari tours in Uganda. The Uganda Museum also has a range of traditional houses for all the tribes of Uganda and the respective materials that used to be inside those houses.
The architecture of the Uganda Museum was designed by a German architect Ernst May who designed the building putting in consideration of enough natural air and lighting to enable the preservation of artifacts that apparently have great travel significance in terms of influencing travellers to plan safaris to Uganda. The Museum receives visitors both domestic and international all year round including the festive seasons.
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