Archdiocesean Museum



1)    Solid articles:

■    The crucifix that the first missionaries came with on their first journey.

■    A piece of marble stone from the floor of Mapeera’s home house in France.

■    Memorial stones from Kigungu landing site.

■    Cross from Mapeera’s grave.

■    Cross from Amans’ grave.

■    A big drum (engoma eyita abasomi)

■    Bishop Streicher’s hat.

■    White Fathers’ “typical” hat.

■    Some Bishops’ old official seals.

■    Some old Mass vestments (not complete).

■    Archbishop Kiwanuka’s crosier.

■    Cardinal Nsubuga’s scull cap.

■    Fr. Clement Kiggundu’s relics.

■    Relics of some saints.

■    Some memorial medals.

■    Old coins and bank notes.

■    An old adding machine.

■    Pope Paul VPs memorial gift to Uganda (portrait in golden frame).

■    The memorial bottle of soda served to Pope Paul VI (1969).

■    Papal knight’s swords (K. Kiwanuka).

■    Some pieces (writings) of “the Papal Blessing”.

■    Catholic centenary emblem (wooden).

*     Small Catholic Centenary flag.

■    Model of Namugongo shrine.

2)    History in pictures on charts: (Charts prepared for the centenary celebrations exhibition)

■   Story of the church in Uganda (White Fathers) traced out on placards: major events cited some pictures shown.

■   The Comboni Missionaries: Chart with map of Uganda showing their missions and respective dates of foundation.

■   The Mill Hill Missionaries: Chart with picture of founder and the mother house; and a brief history of their mission to Uganda.

■   Small chart about the Apostles of Jesus.

■   Small chart about the Little Sisters of St. Francis.


3)    Photographs:

  • A good number of photographs (enlarged and mounted on soft board) showing various fields of missionary service and achievements.
  • Bishops of the White Fathers' tradition.
  • Archbishop Cabana in state (corpse).
  • Pope Paul VI in Uganda.
  • Archbishop Nsubuga on various occasions.
  • E.t.c.

4)    Pictures/works of art:

■   Some portraits of big persons.

■   Picture of the 12 Cathedrals of Uganda at the time of the centenary.

■   Other pieces of fine art.

5)    Books/ Literature:

■              Some old missals and lectionaries.

■              “The Catechist” - a Catechism of Christian Doctrine (1917)




The Catholic Church museum occupies three rooms each with a specific type of historical exhib­its. The exhibits discussed in this proposal cover the span that stretches from 1888 - a decade af­ter the arrival of the Catholic faith in Uganda - up to the visit of Pope Paul VI in 1969. The mu­seum showcases exhibits which take the form of solid articles like crosses, medals plus relics of some saints, photographs, paintings, written letters and books.


Most historical facts or stories that catch the attention of the museum personnel are accompanied by their respective exhibits. For instance the proposal suggests that for room II a large photo­graph of a historical figure would be on top, below it his legacy in text and an exhibit at the bot­tom. In the table below are prominent stories and their eye-catching exhibits picked from each decade: 





The death of Mapeera in 1890

Mapeera’s will


The first major seminary at Kisubi in 1901 later moved to Katigondo in 1903

A photo of the first 22 students who reached priesthood


The first Ugandan priests ordained 1913

Photos of Frs. Bazilio & Victor


The consecration of Lubaga cathedral 1925

A photo


The first African Bishop 1939

Photo of Episcopal ordination


Bishop Cabana becomes vicar apostolic of Uganda

A photo of Bishop Cabana


Vicariate of Uganda becomes archdiocese of Lubaga 1953,

1966 – 1991Lubaga Becomes Kampala Archdiocese 

Map of the metropolitan Arch­diocese of Lubaga


The canonization of Uganda martyrs 1964

Photo of canonisation Mass



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