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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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125 reviews 125 reviews
28 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

This memorial does a great job at explaining the history of the genocide in Rwanda. It can be a bit of a shocking experience to read and hear about what happened and is not for children. I definitely recommend it for any visitor coming to Rwanda.

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Dallas, Texas
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

They have done a fantastic job of showing exactly how the genocide came about. It is a moving experience to say the least. I can't say I was very a very proud American after reading everything. I can't believe we didn't help. You will fall in love with Rwanda and it's people if you go there. You will understand them... More

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British Columbia
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28 reviews 28 reviews
5 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Very well done. Informative without being shocking which made it appropriate for my daughter. We purchased the audio guide but found the written commentary to be almost identical. Audio guide provided a few more details.

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Dublin, Ireland
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

On our way to Muzanze in the north of Rwanda, we had a 2 day stop over so decided to see some of the city including the Kigali Memorial Center. This is a sobering reminder of the genocide which took place in this country 20 years ago. There was not one person who was not affected by it and you... More

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Kampala, Uganda
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

the place it'self has sad memories of death but the staff has done the best to keep the pictures and notes that were left behind by friends and loved ones of the rwandan genocide.

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

When you visit Kigali this experience is a must. So many visitors push back on the idea...but the purpose of the visit is the trying to comprehend the mind sets and behavior of people. People like you and me! Today there are 41 wars happening in the world...as we speak! How atrocious is that. Look at what is happening in... More

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Toronto
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

This memorial centre gives a good overview of the genocide that tore this country apart in 1994, and of the lead up to it. It also honours victims of genocides in other countries. I would recommend this museum to any traveller. Genocide museums are not for the faint of heart. There are many exhibits that are difficult to look at.

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George, South Africa
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Sorrow........... It is sad to think that one human can be so brutal to another. This is mankind's wake up call, we must never let this happen again. The horror the pain is in your face because it is real and I found it affected me spiritually and physically. I was drained when I finally left and suggest that visitors... More

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Escondido, California
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

A must to see. It is certainly well done. The photos really explain what really happen during this period.

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Providence, Rhode Island
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

This museum tells a story that is quite difficult to comprehend. It is powerful, incredibly sad, but important to experience. Extremely well done. Give yourself several hours, and plan for some quiet time after your visit.

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