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National Museum of Rwanda

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Address: | The museum actually is situated in the town of Nyanza, north of Butare, Butare, Rwanda
Phone Number: +250 250 530 586
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Tradition remains alive in this modern museum, tastefully displaying many...

Tradition remains alive in this modern museum, tastefully displaying many examples of African life and culture.

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The King Palace and The Museum

A nice overview of how the King Palace used to be set up and organized in Pre-colonial Rwanda. We passed by on our way back from the National University of Rwanda in June 2015. It... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Didier C
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The place does not have many items on display as the were taken away or stolen during the war.The guide has a good knowledge about the local culture, history and the king. You'll be led to see cows with a guy singing for half a minute then waiting for you to fork out money which for me semi-killed the experience... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A nice overview of how the King Palace used to be set up and organized in Pre-colonial Rwanda. We passed by on our way back from the National University of Rwanda in June 2015. It was a very informative tour thanks to our guide. You have access to the rooms including the king and the queen's bed, which was awesome.... More 

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Thank Didier C
New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were given a free guide who spoke English well. He first gave us an overview of all the rooms that we would be seeing. He also spoke personally of the family members and friends of his who had been killed in the genocide. The quality of the exhibits in the museum was of very high standards. The exhibits start... More 

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Thank DougS51
Seattle, Washington
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207 reviews
108 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2016

Friendly staff and nice layout. I had a local friend with me so I didn't get the guide but from what I've heard a guide is highly recommended.

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Thank TravellingHK
Silver Spring, Maryland
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9 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2016

The design of the museum reflects the culture. It combines hands on artifacts for children and adults alike to explore. My family and I learned quite a bit about the people and history in Rwanda! Its a must see on your travels through the 'Land of a Thousand Hills'.

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Thank burkskim
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12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2016 via mobile

Very nice and polite staff. They speak english and frenh fluently and having a guide to give you a tour is free. The visit is very affordable (5000-7000 RWF for a 2-3 hours visit). The exposition is very interesting.

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Thank Alexandre H
Mentmore, United Kingdom
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23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2016

Really friendly guide. Interesting tour of history and culture. They are building a coffee bar which is a good idea.

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Thank Amanda L
Victoria, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 March 2016

The museum was very interesting and enlightening regarding the culture of Rwanda. The staff were very friendly. As this was my first visit to Rwanda it gee me a better insight of what the country was all about.

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Thank ldmarsh
Brazil
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2016

It is good to learn about traditional culture and costumes, since the museum gathered a lot of objects and information. The exhibition could be a little confusing, because sometimes it was not clear which plaques (with the explanations) was referring to each object. The part about the colonazation and contemporary history has just a few photographs and is not very... More 

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Thank Luciana C
Bucharest, Romania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2016

If you visit the National Museum of Rwanda you will discover many things about the ancient currency, lifestyle, clothes, musical instruments, culture (dance, music, games etc), geographical info (statistics about the weather, soil, population, kinyarwanda language etc). What I liked the most is the large 3D map of Rwanda where you can see the main sightseeing like Akagera National Park,... More 

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