Unveiling Uganda’s Cultural Marvels: Celebrating International Museum Day 2024 in Soroti City

In an exciting collaboration between the Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife, and Antiquities and the Uganda Museum, an immersive journey into the heart of Uganda’s cultural heritage is underway. Through a captivating array of activities including vibrant exhibitions, captivating explorations, and mesmerizing cultural performances, the rich tapestry of our national museums is set to be unveiled and celebrated like never before.

Mark your calendars for the grand finale on May 18, 2024, as Uganda proudly joins the global community in commemorating International Museum Day in the vibrant city of Soroti. Martin Mugarra Bahinduka, the esteemed State Minister for Tourism, Wildlife, and Antiquities, emphasized the pivotal role of museums in shaping future knowledge with their diverse and enriching narratives.

“We are on a mission to fortify our national heritage and amplify our cultural legacy,” remarked Minister Mugarra. “On May 18th in Soroti, expect a spectacle of exhibitions, cultural marvels, and engaging activities, including initiatives for corporate social responsibility geared towards social development.”

Exciting developments are on the horizon, with the imminent rejuvenation of the Moroto museum and the restoration of the iconic Kasubi tombs, both poised to reopen their doors to eager visitors.

Despite being some of Uganda’s most invaluable treasures, museums have often been underserved in terms of promotion. The Ministry is now spearheading efforts to raise awareness about these cultural gems, forging partnerships with the private sector to bolster support for private museums and the communities they represent.

Lilly Ajarova, the dynamic CEO of the Uganda Tourism Board, highlighted the urgency of showcasing Uganda’s museum treasures to a wider audience.

“We have barely scratched the surface in promoting these cultural repositories and the treasures they hold,” Ajarova stated. “It’s time for us to become the ambassadors of our museums, to explore their wonders and share their stories, thus attracting more tourists from within Uganda, across the region, and around the globe.”

Despite the challenges, there’s a remarkable surge in museum visitors over the past two years. From 55,000 before the COVID-19 pandemic to 130,000 by the end of 2023, it’s evident that the allure of Uganda’s cultural heritage is stronger than ever.

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