THE CULTURAL VILLAGE

A living museum depicting the indigenous architecture and lifestyles of the people of Uganda. The huts are constructed with natural and local material like spear grass for the thatch, reeds, mud and wattle for the walls

THE CULTURAL VILLAGE

A living museum depicting the indigenous architecture and lifestyles of the people of Uganda. The huts are constructed with natural and local material like spear grass for the thatch, reeds, mud and wattle for the walls, fiber raffia and sisal strings to reinforce. Inside the huts is a functional display of cultural materials such as milk pots made from wood (ebyanzi), gourd vessels, basketry, beadwork, horn work, ceramics, cutlery, leatherworks, armory, music instruments and royal regalia among others. For a real traditional experience, the guides demonstrate how to use different objects and allow visitor interaction with objects.

The idea of a living museum goes way back in the 1950s during the construction of the Uganda National Museum. Ample space was reserved in 1965, plans were drawn in consultation with an expert from UNESCO to develop a cultural village, and however funds for its development were never realized. In 2007 when Uganda hosted the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM). The space was mapped as a venue for a cultural exhibition for the public to celebrate the honorary visit of Queen Elizabeth II. The cultural village was then established offering visitors a “Uganda’s traditional ways of Life experience” while maintaining the integrity of Uganda’s tangible and intangible heritage.