A museum is not only the building structures however beautiful they are, but the buildings and what goes in is what makes a museum. A museum is an institution that cares for (conserves) a collection of artefacts and other objects of scientific, artistic, cultural, or historical importance and makes them available for public viewing through exhibits that may be permanent or temporary. Most large museums are located in major cities throughout the world and more local ones exist in smallest towns and even the countryside. It is on this premise that we come out with a noble proposal to construct a Museum as a one stop centre where the visitors will ably be informed of the rich historical road to martyrdom and also the Uganda’s rich culture. The project envisions an elucidation of the fallacies surrounding the Uganda Martyrs by providing an updated understanding of the values entrenched in the religious history of Uganda. It should be noted that Uganda has a national museum but to a minimal extent provides an interactive religious learning experience than this museum we intend to build will offer. It is therefore built upon this that the museum will offer a learning environment to help shape the behaviours of the population. The shrine museum does not seek to compete with the already existing national museum, but will provide complementary services.
The museum intends to offer the rich social- cultural values that Uganda has including tribes, foods, gods, religious affiliation and of course paint a picture the Kabaka Mwanga’s rebels’ road to martyrdom. This will indicate the places where the Kabaka’s rebels were converted at Nateete and Busega, how they were arrested, tortured, killed and how their remains were stored. The museum strives through visual arts to create a unique environment in which adults, students and people of all ages, abilities and experience can feel free to imagine, create, and welcome the future, while appreciating the rich religious history of Uganda. It is felt that it is most important to display the rebels’ road to martyrdom and therefore much focus will be visual art that will embrace Information Communication Technology (ICT) to paint a long lasting picture and to cater for all ages. Most activities will be open-ended and enjoyed on a walk-in basis. To run uninterrupted programme, the project will add alternative power source either a stand-by generator or a solar system As events to mark martyrs day continue to grow in stature, with representation from the world over, interaction at the site provide limited opportunity for learning apart from the prayer sessions. It is not therefore, surprising to note that the local population, turn the martyrs day into a social event in which they share a bite and drink. The rising rates of crime committed on the day and reported in the news indicate the lack of engagement to foster learning the religious values and the purpose of the commemorations. Currently, there is limited learning at the shrine and to bridge the gap, it is proposed to have packages to keep the pilgrims focused to empirical learning on facts about the Martyrs, the rich history of the Church of Uganda and also the rich Ugandan cultural values.