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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
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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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Have some nice info on cultural history of Rwanda. Was good to be able to walk into the huts, plus see the traditional cows. Worth popping in if in the area.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Have some nice info on cultural history of Rwanda. Was good to be able to walk into the huts, plus see the traditional cows. Worth popping in if in the area.

Thank gemma l
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111 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 March 2017

I learned so very much at this national museum. There was much to learn. Very little was related to the 1994 genocide. I learned about how Rwandan life has evolved and modernized, the types of soil, resources customs that the country has. I lived in Rwanda for a few months and only here on a visit back. It was worth... More 

Thank Jill H
Winchester, United Kingdom
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386 reviews
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Reviewed 14 March 2017

If visiting Rwanda, this is a very important place to visit. Very well laid out, the reconstructed traditional palace of the king is beautifully presented, and the guided tour is very informative. Equally interesting is the visit to the royal cattle and the explanation of the tribal traditions. Continuing on to the modern palace, the interior gives a glimpse into... More 

Thank AndrewA64
Kigali Province, Rwanda
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4 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 February 2017

This is the best place concerning with the Monarch of Rwanda. He you will learning how the kind live, How they prepare traditional beer and how they conserve the milk. The place is composite with 4 houses where 3 of the are traditional. This include the traditional palace and other two one is for milk and other is for beer.... More 

2 Thank oscar u
Kigali, Rwanda
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36 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 February 2017

This gives the visitor a taste of how life was spent in the daily activities of the King. You understand his prerogatives, his role in society, how he administered his subjects. It is also where he took major decisions.

Thank Samsafarisrwanda
Arusha, Tanzania
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10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 9 February 2017

All the cultural and historical collections of the past traditions told us a lot about cultural similarities of communal life of early human. I loved the technology evolution to what we have today. The museum told a lot about how leadership was, and how leaders where fulfilling their daily duties. The place is impeccably kept with tons of information and... More 

Thank ImpatiensTours
Athens, Georgia
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76 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 February 2017

This gives the tourist some perspective and awareness of their cultural surroundings...I think I have a painting there...The formings of civilization are evident and you will most likely see some of the artifacts still in use.

Thank Stan M
Kigali, Rwanda
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144 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 January 2017

A traditional king's hut, milk girl hut, beer boy hut and a rather run down king's modern house from the 1930ies. While the traditional huts are fascinating in the way they are built, the really interesting part is the moment where you can get up close to traditional Rwandan/Ugandan cows, animals you do not get to see easily otherwise in... More 

1 Thank Pascal C
Region of Waterloo, Canada
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27 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 January 2017

This museum is impressive. Impeccably maintained and filled with interesting information and great artifacts. It was easy to spend two to three hours here before catching our bus to Kigali just up the street.

2 Thank Quinn039
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30 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 December 2016

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 

1 Thank Bartosz K

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