National Museum of Rwanda
National Museum of Rwanda
4.5
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08:00 - 18:00
Monday
08:00 - 18:00
Tuesday
08:00 - 18:00
Wednesday
08:00 - 18:00
Thursday
08:00 - 18:00
Friday
08:00 - 18:00
Saturday
08:00 - 18:00
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08:00 - 18:00
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Tradition remains alive in this modern museum, tastefully displaying many examples of African life and culture.
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NILE TOURS AND TRAVELS
Kigali, Rwanda12 contributions
Oct 2022
We have enjoyed a good moments with Nile Tours and Travels Agency ...We worked with a smart person called Jean Paul.
Written 5 October 2022
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Sue Whittle
Manchester, UK9 contributions
Sep 2022
I really enjoyed the whole tour as I learnt a lot about the history and customs in Rwanda. The guide was informative and knowledgeable.
Written 2 October 2022
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Martin G
Kigali, Rwanda10 contributions
Jul 2020
3 parts to the tour - the King's palace and smaller milk and beer huts are the most interesting. The royal cows are beautiful and worth a look. The modern palace / museum is a little odd but has some good and well-presented history and maps and photos. Much furniture was looted during the genocide.

Restaurant area was cold, but food came quickly and was good.

Worth the 1km walk to the Mausoleum, or you can drive. To see something modern and ostentatious. The guides let you do this yourself.
Written 24 July 2020
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Emily P
3 contributions
Jan 2020 • Friends
The highlight of the visit were the LOVELY cows- truly, a uniquely Rwandan experience. The museum is very nice as well and our guide was very knowledgable.
Written 21 February 2020
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ksarman
Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar6,678 contributions
Nov 2019
the former King s Palace is really interesting , you can really feel and see how was the life of the Aristocratic peoples was.
the guid was so professional and friendly.
the new Palace is empty but explanations were clear.
after i went to the Museum , i was a bit disappointed, but over there too guid was friendly and nice.
Written 10 November 2019
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ceg51
Naples, FL711 contributions
Sep 2019 • Couples
We enjoyed our tour and the guide spoke excellent English and gave a wonderful history of the sight and culture. We were glad we went.
Written 21 September 2019
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laurel_s1717
Kigali, Rwanda142 contributions
Feb 2019 • Friends
This museum entrance includes a tour of the new Palace, replicas of the old King's Palace, and the sacred King's cows. Our tour guide was very professional and informative, and eager to share information. The new Palace doesn't have much to see since so much was looted, but the photos there provide some context for the colonial rule. The replicas of the old King's Palace are fascinating, and learn about the structure of the house and how it reflects the culture of Rwanda. I was amazed at how cool they were in the heat of the day. The King's cows are simply amazing - beautiful animals, and we got to see a baby as well. Overall we were there for a little over an hour.
Written 2 April 2019
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Wetlander-2013
Oirschot, Nederland162 contributions
Mar 2019 • Solo
I was impressed by the architecturen of the museum, to start with.
Being on my own I decided to say yes to the young chap at the entrance who offered to show me around.
I found him very knowledgable and patient.
I alsof likes the style of the museum: not packed but spacious.
But the big hut somewhere inside!!!
What craftsmanship!!! If it was the only thing this museum would show, I'd still recommend you going there!
And of course: don't forget to pay such guides for their contribution to your successful journey through life.....
Written 26 March 2019
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Robert W
Toronto, Canada1,076 contributions
Nov 2018 • Couples
We enjoyed this museum, as we learned a lot about Rwandan history and especially the Rwandan royal family. They have a replica of the King’s house as well as the actual palace used by the royal family after 1931. They also point in the distance to a palace the last king was constructing but never occupied due to his death. A really interesting feature of this museum is the presence of the royal cattle, which were bred to have exaggerated horns - they are truly spectacular beasts and the keeper of the herd will sing for you a song used to soothe them when visitors come to call. We had a great guide and enjoyed the visit.
Written 30 November 2018
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MidlandsTraveller
Leicester, UK638 contributions
Nov 2018 • Couples
Interesting reconstruction of the traditional palace structure, with a good guide to what life was like in the royal court. The modern palace is rather bare and much less interesting as most of the contents were looted or destroyed during the genocide.
At RWF6000 this is a very good value and interesting stop on the journey from Kigali to Nyungwe.
Written 22 November 2018
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