About Uganda National Museum

The Uganda Museum started in the year 1908 and is the oldest and biggest museum in Uganda. It began at the Lugard's fort on Old Kampala Hill but has been moved to Kiara road now. The museum is divided into 6 sections. The traditional music center consists of traditional musical instruments. Live performance is also given here, take tickets beforehand. You can see different tools from the stone age and iron age in the Archaeology section. These were used 1,000,000 years ago. The 7th car that was used in Uganda can be seen in the Independence pavilion of science and industry. In this section, you can see the first telephone used in East Africa. Want to see the first printing press in Uganda, then do visit the Ethnohistory section. The culture and lifestyle of local people can be seen keenly in the Ethnography section. You get a chance to see distinct species of mammals like long-horned buffalo and Indian elephants if you can take out some time for the Palaeontology section. Not just this, there are fossils dating back 20,000,000 years that are placed here.

Must See

  • Traditional music section
  • Independence pavilion of science and industry section
  • Ethnography section
  • Paleontology section
  • Traditional huts

How to reach

It is 2.5 km from the city center. Take the safe Boda to reach there. Charges are 1000UGX.


  • Take a guided tour for a better understanding.
  • Carry drinking water and stay hydrated throughout the visit.
  • Wear comfortable shoes since you need to walk a lot.
  • There are no cafes here, so bring your own refreshments.
  • In some museum shops old African arts are sold. Stop by if you are interested. 
  • There are two Ugandan Women's Craft shops behind the museum, where you can get products at an economical price here.

Visit Time

Sunday: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Monday: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Tuesday: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Thursday: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Saturday: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

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Entrance Fee


15,000 UGX

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Time you can spend

1 hour


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