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Kigali Memorial Centre / Gisozi Genocide Memorial Centre

Gisozi, Kigali, Rwanda
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Ranked #2 of 15 attractions in Kigali
Type: Specialty Museums
Owner description: A permanent memorial for victims of the genocide of 1994. The Centre is built on a site where over 250,000 people are buried, and is a place where... more » Owner description: A permanent memorial for victims of the genocide of 1994. The Centre is built on a site where over 250,000 people are buried, and is a place where many people who lost loved ones in the genocide go to remember and grieve. No entrance fee; donations gratefully accepted. « less
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Manchester, UK
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39 reviews 39 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

What happened in Rwanda twenty years ago feels almost unimmaginably awful, but it is important that we try and understand what can happen when things go badly wrong and one group of people start to demonise another. This is one of the places that helps one in that journey.

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Hyderabad, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

A really good pictorial tour about the past and present scenarios of Rwanda.Learnt many aspects we never new about their history

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Toronto
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

We spent a cpl of hours here and found the experience quite moving and very informative. I learned lot about the Genocide and its origins (which surprised me). Definitely a must see when in Kigali

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Franklin, WV
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

It's not easy to visit the Memorial Centre, but it's one of the best ways to face the recent history of Rwanda and understand the brutal reality of the Genocide that is now woven into the fabric of each person's life.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

We were unsure if we wanted to visit the museum. It was a very humbling and rewarding experience. It's a credit to all Rwandans

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Really appreciated the opportunity to learn and experience the history of the genocide in Rwanda. This is a must for every visitor to Kigali. I did find the videos and the rooms with the pictures and skulls very upsetting and I could not view the whole exhibition as this is a real eye opener of the terrible events and only... More

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calgary
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

The Genocide Memorial is one of the most heartbreaking things I've witnessed, but something every visitor to Rwanda should go to, and learn from. You can purchase an audio guide that will walk you through both the outdoor and indoor exhibits and memorials. There is a fee for the guides, but it's almost necessary as they provide so much information.... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

This museum provides a thoughtful, comprehensive exhibition on the events and legacy of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsis.

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Kampala, Uganda
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Impressive establishment. well maintained wasn't quite prepared for the emotional turmoil it put me through listening to all those testimonies brought everything to life reminding you that it really happened and it hasn't been long ago. A lot of lessons to learn, the skeleton parts gave me the jitters, family letters and photos another emotional story, the children and other... More

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The Black Hills, South Dakota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

If you care anything at all about Rwanda - and about the human race - you simply must visit this memorial. And take your time - read each panel at each section. You will learn the true and complete history of the genocide. It will stay with me the rest of my life, as it should. I am in awe... More

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