Museums of Rwanda

Kandt House Museum

Kandt House Museum of Natural History was its previous name. It is a museum located on KN 90 Street in Kigali, Rwanda, about one kilometer west of downtown Kigali, and is managed by the Institute of National Museums of Rwanda. The museum combines natural and historical exhibits, such as the flora and fauna of Rwandan Natural Parks Nyungwe, Akagera, and Volcanoes, Rwandan geology, as well as German and Rwandan shared history and a live snake exhibition. Panorama views of Mount Kigali, Mount Jali, Shyorongi, and old Kigali city are available.

Ethnographic Museum

The Ethnographic Museum, a gift from Belgium’s King Badouin in the late 1980s, now houses one of Africa’s finest ethnographic collections. Seven galleries display historical, ethnographic, artistic, and archaeological artifacts with accompanying visual aids, providing visitors with a comprehensive understanding of Rwandan culture. The exhibits begin with geographical and geological displays before moving on to hunting, agriculture, animal husbandry, pottery, weaving, and woodworking items.

Campaign Against Genocide Museum

It is a museum located in Kigali, just 800 meters behind the conventional center road point and 4.9 kilometers, or 9 minutes’ drive from Kanombe Airport. H.E Paul Kagame officially launched the campaign against the Genocide Museum on December 13th, 2017.

Rwanda Art Museum

Kanombe’s “Rwanda Art Museum” is 4 kilometers from Kigali International Airport. This former Presidential Palace Museum was renamed Rwanda Art Museum on May 18, 2018. The new museum features contemporary artworks by Rwandan and international artists. The goal is to give our visitors an insight into the uniqueness of Rwandan creativity, arts development from centuries to the present, without ignoring traditional or modern imaginations.

King’s Palace Museum Gallery

The King’s Palace Museum is located in Nyanza District, Southern Province, 88 kilometers from Kigali City. The King’s Mutara III Rudahigwa’s Palace provides an in-depth look at Rwanda’s monarchical system and its abolition in the early 1960s due to colonialism. The palace was rebuilt as a replica in the 19th century, using only traditional materials. Long-horned royal cows “Inyambo” were recently introduced because cows are an integral part of Rwandan culture and were originally the King’s symbol of prestige. The procession of these royal cows, famous for their impressive long horns, gentle nature, and traditional poems, always captivates visitors.

Museum of the Environment

The Museum of the Environment, located near Lake Kivu in the Western Province, has two floors and a rooftop herbal medicine garden. The museum is the first of its kind on the continent, focusing on renewable and non-renewable energy sources. It is intended to serve as an educational resource for our visitors, many of whom are locals. Its goal is to help people understand and protect their environment, as well as to ensure integrated and long-term development.

National Liberation Museum Park

The National Liberation Museum Park is located in the Northern Province of Gicumbi district, 80 kilometers northeast of Kigali at Mulindi w’Intwali. This museum tells the story of the Rwandan liberation struggle that ended the Tutsi Genocide. From 1 October 1990 to 4 July 1994, the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF), led by its military wing, the Rwandan Patriotic Army (RPA), initiated this conflict.

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