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Kigali Memorial Centre / Gisozi Genocide Memorial Centre

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Address: Gisozi, Kigali, Rwanda
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Description: A permanent memorial for victims of the genocide of 1994. The Centre is...
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.
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Very moving

The memorial is certainly a must do in Kigali. The experience is very moving and the building is beautiful. Please do not miss it.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 2, 2015
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Dalllas
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

The memorial is certainly a must do in Kigali. The experience is very moving and the building is beautiful. Please do not miss it.

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Arlington, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

Be prepared for an emotional visit. If you're with a group, I highly recommend paying for the curator to walk you around. Estimate spending a couple hours here so that you don't feel rushed. There's a great cafe and restaurant on site so you can hang out and eat while you process everything afterward.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

avery moving, interesting, and well done testament to the genocide. the museum and grounds were well organized, with a look at the past and how the country is moving forward.

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Nairobi
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

This was the highlight of our visit to Rwanda. You visit both the garden spaces which are a burial ground to 250,000 souls & the indoor exhibits. It's a free entry entry but as a group we paid around 10 bucks to take pictures. I thought i knew quite a bit about the genocide but this was such an educational... More 

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Odawara, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

A visit to the Memorial is a must for any visitor to Rwanda. While I thought I knew quite a lot about the genocide, there was still a lot more to be learned. I think in particular the statistics on just how many people were (and continue to be) directly affected by these events were quite startling... and put a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

This museum is very well done and on a par with the memorial in Hiroshima, the holocaust museum in Washington etc

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 via mobile

For many of the same reasons in the reviews read on this site I would highly recommend a visit to this memorial centre. Just let me add that I thought their educational component, giving some context and history to the development of the genocide ideology, was especially helpful in understanding that tragic part of Rwanda's history. This is not a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

If you have been to the Holocaust Memorial in Washington, DC, you will know what I mean when I describe this memorial and experience as both powerful and painful. The exhibits are very well done and help to place the genocide in broader historical context. The audio tour adds some, though I found myself trying to listen and read at... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I had known about the genocide and watched "Hotel Rwanda" but didn't really understand the reason for it. The memorial is helpful and it is good that the country is trying to deal with it openly and avoid a repeat. It is also a good thing that other genocides are included for the sake of the young people who need... More 

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toronto
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

This is a MUST SEE in Kigali. It is a very beautifully curated tribute to those lives lost and those that survived the 1994 genocide. I learned A LOT about what actually happened - the history, the brutality and the rebuilding. It is eye opening and heart wrenching, but incredible. It will really give you a deep appreciation for the... More 

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