Uganda Museums

(Uganda, UG, East Africa)

Uganda doesn't have much in the way of a heritage industry as yet, although a growing number of cultural attractions and public institutions are beginning to present themselves, in cities and towns such as those of Entebbe, Gulu, Kabale and Moroto, as well, of course, as the capital city of Kampala.

The only museum of national significance in the country is Uganda Museum, which is situated in Kampala. That said, in recent years, there has been renewed interest in establishing community museums in Uganda.

These new additions to the country's cultural scene tend to focus on traditional ways of life in Uganda's regions and tribal villages.

Uganda Museum

Address: Kira Road, Plot No. 5, Kampala, Uganda, UG, Africa
Uganda's biggest and oldest cultural attraction is home to a variety of ethnological exhibits, as well as the sort of archaeological and paleontological displays that you would expect to find in a major African museum. Situated in the capital of Kampala, the aptly named Uganda Museum also houses a sizeable collection of traditional Ugandan musical instruments. Founded in 1908, the institution moved to its present location in the mid-1950s.
Open hours: Monday to Saturday - 10:00 to 18:00, Sunday - 10:00 to 15:00
Admission: charge

Uganda Martyrs University Museum

Address: Uganda Martyrs University Campus, Kampala, Uganda, UG, Africa
Tel: +256 0779 664 605
Set up in 1996, this is one of the few museums dedicated to anthropology in Uganda. Visitors can view sculptures and indigenous cultural artefacts that shed light onto Ugandan history, whilst also relating to the whole of Africa. The attraction serves university researchers, as well as an increasing number of foreign visitors.
Open hours: daily
Admission: free

Karamoja Women's Cultural Group Museum

Address: Natumakasikoua, Moroto, Uganda, UG, Africa
The Karamoja Women's Cultural Group Museum can be found in the northern town of Moroto, where it ostensibly comprises a display of handicraft work by local women. There are plenty of opportunities to buy souvenirs here during your visit, should you require a little memento or two to remember your visit by.
Open hours: daily
Admission: free

Kawere African Museum

Address: Busega Roundabout, Masaka Road, Kampala, Uganda, UG, Africa
Owned and managed by the artist Godfrey Kawere, the Kawere African Museum offers a fascinating mix of archived newspapers, paintings, architectural models and photographs. Together, the eclectic collection of exhibits on display offer visitors a view of Uganda's past and present.
Open hours: daily
Admission: charge

Peace Museum Gulu

Address: Gulu, Uganda, UG, Africa
Set up by Human Rights Focus following a long period of war and displacement, this museum focuses on delivering its overriding message of peace. Visitors can find out about the 'Mato Oput', a traditional ritual for conflict resolution used by the Acholi people, as well as other indigenous cultural rites and practices.
Open hours: daily
Admission: charge

Geological Survey Museum

Address: Entebbe, Uganda, UG, Africa
Located within the town of Entebbe, exhibits at the Geological Survey Museum include various mineral and rock specimens discovered all over Uganda. Also included are examples of geological equipment and archaeological finds, adding a further level of interest for visitors.
Open hours: Monday to Friday - 08:00 to 17:00
Admission: free

Bakiga Museum

Address: Kabale, Uganda, UG, Africa
Established by a Kabale elder, Festo Karwemera, the much-visited Bakiga Museum includes an interesting replica of an authentic Bakiga homestead. Inside the compound is a shrine, while on display are the tools that would be used by a traditional healer. Since 2003, this attraction has been run and managed by 'The Home of Edirisa'.
Open hours: daily
Admission: charge