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Kigali Memorial Centre / Gisozi Genocide Memorial Centre

Gisozi, Kigali, Rwanda
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Ranked #2 of 14 Attractions in Kigali
Type: Specialty Museums, Cultural
Owner description: A permanent memorial for victims of the genocide of 1994. The Centre is built on a site where over...
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Type: Specialty Museums, Cultural
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.

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Thohoyandou, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

The museum is setup in a very easy flowing pattern. The staff is super helpful. The fact that it is free is amazing and makes donating a natural response. I got a bit hung on the fact that not many of the pictures have captions, so I was a bit confused as to who I was looking at. The gardens... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

By far the best organized ''tourist attraction'' in Africa.. The work that has been done by the British foundation is just amazing.. and the place is so touching and you feel emotional.. congrats for the great work!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

This museum is very informative and well thought out. It provides the history of the politics surrounding the genicide and makes it personal by highlighting the lives of some of the victims - particularly children. The gardens and grounds are both symbolic and contemplative. Definitely worth a visit.

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

The memorial seemed to be under some renovation so some of the exhibits were moved around. The first part of the exhibition was pre-genocide and seemed to imply that the Eurpoeans were to blame for what eventually transpired. Might be true to some extent, but shouldn't people be responsible for their own actions? The rest told the story of what... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

If you are in Kigali, you have to visit this place. It is so moving and they have really done this memorial well. It gives you a real understanding of what happened here.

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delta, BC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

It is quite an emotional event to visit this memorial but one comes away with a great understanding of the conditions and people that were behind the genocide. I loved the memorial gardens, since they use living plants and greenery to represent and honor the victims. The children's garden was under renovations when we visited though. Inside the museum, there... More 

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Peoria, Illinois, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

My visit to the memorial was emotional......and an important piece of the history of Rwanda. Once you "experience" the past you will understand the current success is a lesson on purposeful focus by leaders .... business, religious, and governmental.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

This museum is an absolute must for anyone interested in learning about Rwanda's history. It provides a solid background on what led to the genocide and documented it quite realistically. The events are shown in a very poignant, yet respectful, manner, and the viewer is given a chance to understand the situation holistically. There is also a children's room documenting... More 

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Turin, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Impressive memorial; Technically speaking is good, well the path suggested to visitors drive you trought a logic and well explained journey in the historic facts. Emotionally, is really impactive; if you prepared a bit yourself with historic readings and movies about the genocide, this memorial represent the confirmation that everything really happened and everything been much worse than what you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

The experience of visiting the Museum is a grounding one for any visitor to Kigali. For me there were mixed emotion of anger, sadness, respect, fear and peace. The burial ground and garden of remembrance outside have a sombre atmosphere and inside the museum, as the story of other genocide are shred, and the story of Rwanda is described you... More 

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