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Museums

Ethnographic Museum

The ethnographic Museum formerly National Museum of Rwanda is located in Huye District southern province of Rwanda, this museum houses the finest ethnographic and archaeological collections from East Africa with more than 10,000 artifacts. Absorbing exhibitions of traditional artifacts are illuminated by fascinating selection of turn-of-the-century monochrome photographs, providing insight not only into precolonial lifestyles, but also into the subsequent development of Rwanda as modern Africa state. It orients you deeply into the social and cultural aspects of Rwanda.

King’s palace Museum

The king’s palace museum is based in Nyanza District, southern province, about 88km from Kigali city; King Mutara III Rudahigwa’s former palace was turned into a museum in May 2008. This palace offers a detailed look into the Rwanda monarchical system and its abolition in early 1960s due to colonialism. The palace was restored to its 19thcentury state as a replica and was made entirely with traditional materials. Recently the long horned royal cows “inyambo” were introduced because cows form an integral part of Rwanda cultural and were initially the King’s symbol of prestige. Visitors are always fascinated by the procession of these royal cows which are famous for their impressive long horn, height gentle nature and the traditional poems.

Rwanda Liberation Museum

Also called Umulindi w’Itwari in Gicumbi District, the Museum showcases the liberation struggle of the country by Rwanda Patriotic Front (RPF-Inkotanyi). Among many structures that facilitated the struggle is H.E president Paul Kagame’s former bunker whose nature draws one back to Rwanda’s history with a special    overview of liberation struggle’s significance. This museum is currently operating s an open air museum. 

Museum of Rwesero

Located in Nyanza District about 85Km form Kigali City, the construction of the building started in 1957 and completed in 1959 as palace for King Mutara III Rudahigwa but he passed away before occupying it.

In May 2006 the building was transformed into a national art Gallery until May 2018 when a new Museum of Art was opened up in the former presidential palace Museum located in Kanombe (Kigali). For the moment, a new exhibition focusing on “Home Grown Solutions” as one of strategies and solutions used by the country for economic development and peace building aftermath of 1994 Genocide against Tutsi is under preparation.

Meanwhile, the museum is still open to the public with exhibition photos on daily life and history of Africans among them they are Nigerians, Ugandans and Rwandans.

Museums in Rwanda

a list of all museums in Rwanda

Kandt House Museum

Kandt House Museum (Kigali). Kandt House Museum, the former Natural History Museum is located at KN 90 St, around one kilimiter from downtown. This museum is formerly well known as Natural History Museum (NHM). Its name as NHM was changed into Kandt House Museum since December, 17th 2017.

At the present moment, Kandt House Museum comprises three main parts:

The first part presents Rwandan life in all its aspects (social, economic, and politically: monarchism) before the colonial period.
In the second part, which is the biggest one, the museum traces experience of Rwandan people during the colonial period, more specifically under the German rule from 1884 (the time of Berlin conference), throughout colonial administration, World War I, few to mention; up to 1916, including Richard Kandt life and his deeds in Rwanda.
Another attractive gallery is the third part where the history of Kigali; Kigali before colonial time, during colonial, and its naissance as capital city, is well presented.
Last but not least, it is the only remaining mark of the former Natural History Museum, that is; a temporary exhibition of live snakes, and a baby crocodile (measured 1 m in 2017). While visiting this external part, one can enjoy the view of spectacular surrounding scenery, most importantly, stunning view of Kigali, Shyorongi, and Jari mountains.

The Rwanda Art Museum

The Rwanda Art Museum opened to the public on 18th May, 2018.
The launch coincided with global celebrations to mark International Museum Day, marked every May 18th.
There could not have been a better day on which to launch the Rwanda Art Museum, located in the historic building that was once home to two former Rwandan presidents; Juvenal Habyarimana who lived there until 1994, and Pasteur Bizimungu who lived in the building from 1994 until 2000.
International Museums Day serves to raise awareness of the fact that museums are important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures, and development of mutual cooperation and peace.
In 2003, the Institute of National Museums of Rwanda (INMR) took over the facility and developed it into one of the country’s eight museums, renaming it the Presidential Palace Museum in the process.
The sprawling facility is located in Kanombe, about four kilometers from the Kigali International Airport.
According to officials from the INMR, the idea to transform the building into an art museum came from suggestions left by visitors, while other suggestions came from local visual artists.
In all, there are 127 artworks produced by 51 different artists on display on the museum walls. The pieces range from sculptures, paintings, to mixed media and ceramics.
The museum also possesses a kids studio, a place where children, after visiting the museum, can sit and use different materials such as paints and pencils to express their different views and talents.

Museum of Rwesero

Located in Nyanza District about 85Km form Kigali City, the construction of the building started in 1957 and completed in 1959 as palace for King Mutara III Rudahigwa but he passed away before occupying it.
In May 2006 the building was transformed into a national art Gallery until May 2018 when a new Museum of Art was opened up in the former presidential palace Museum located in Kanombe (Kigali). For the moment, a new exhibition focusing on “Home Grown Solutions” as one of strategies and solutions used by the country for economic development and peace building aftermath of 1994 Genocide against Tutsi is under preparation.
Meanwhile, the museum is still open to the public with exhibition photos on daily life and history of Africans among them they are Nigerians, Ugandans and Rwandans.

Rwanda Liberation Museum

Also called Umulindi w’Itwari in Gicumbi District, the Museum showcases the liberation struggle of the country by Rwanda Patriotic Front (RPF-Inkotanyi). Among many structures that facilitated the struggle is H.E president Paul Kagame’s former bunker whose nature draws one back to Rwanda’s history with a special overview of liberation struggle’s significance. This museum is currently operating s an open air museum.

Ethnographic Museum

The ethnographic Museum formerly National Museum of Rwanda is located in Huye District southern province of Rwanda, this museum houses the finest ethnographic and archaeological collections from East Africa with more than 10,000 artifacts. Absorbing exhibitions of traditional artifacts are illuminated by fascinating selection of turn-of-the-century monochrome photographs, providing insight not only into precolonial lifestyles, but also into the subsequent development of Rwanda as modern Africa state. It orients you deeply into the social and cultural aspects of Rwanda.

King's Palace ( Rukari ) Museum

The king’s palace museum is based in Nyanza District, southern province, about 88km from Kigali city; King Mutara III Rudahigwa’s former palace was turned into a museum in May 2008. This palace offers a detailed look into the Rwanda monarchical system and its abolition in early 1960s due to colonialism. The palace was restored to its 19th century state as a replica and was made entirely with traditional materials. Recently the long horned royal cows “inyambo” were introduced because cows form an integral part of Rwanda cultural and were initially the King’s symbol of prestige. Visitors are always fascinated by the procession of these royal cows which are famous for their impressive long horn, height gentle nature and the traditional poems.

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