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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
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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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Los Angeles, CA USA
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014 NEW

This was very emotional for me, but well worth seeing. I won't comment on the horror of genocide; it's beyond words. But the lessons the centre shares are ones everyone should hear. I recommend using the guided audio tour. Plan to spend an hour or two.

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Burlington, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014 NEW

I've been to a lot of museums, war memorials and other similar places during my travels. This one stood out to me as being very well done. I congratulate the people of Rwanda for making this memorial available to all. Admission is free but visitors are encouraged to rent an audio guide for 20USD. I had no problem paying as... More

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vancouver
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

While heartbreaking to visit, this is a must. The centre is very well done, with lots of info to aid in understanding the history of the genocide.The personal stories and photos are heartbreaking and show great strength and resilience. The children's area was the most difficult to view and cannot help but bring tears. The goal of the centre is... More

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

My visit to the Kigali Genocide Memorial will remain etched in my mind as one of the saddest yet powerful reminder of the frailty of humanity. Completely shocked to see the final resting place of 259,000 human beings killed in the genocide. It was an intense afternoon reading the stories leading up to the terrible events that led to the... More

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London, England
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96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

This shouldn’t be missed. We took the audio guide and found it fascinating and thought provoking. The last room, the Children’s room I found very difficult. When we left the museum I asked our driver how he had been affected. He told us his father had been killed and his wife’s entire family had been wiped out, certainly brought it... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

This place is so beautifully presented, but there is not a room, not an area that isn't moving and heart rending. the Children's room was the most agonising, because for each photograph and lovely bio under it that told you about that child and made them real, the final comment was how they died...no one could visit this place without... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

Deep. Moving. Very sad. I was one of a few expatriates who lived in Kigali at the outbreak of the genocide in 1994. I witnessed history that I prefer I hadn't. This museum so effectively sums up the background, outbreak, and healing of the museum. Add that to the tremendous social and economic development experienced in Kigali, this centre will... More

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Kampala, Uganda
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

If ever you wish to truly understand the history of Rwanda, and know how God can transform a nation, this is a place to visit. It is also a constant reminder of the inherent evil in man, which needs to be tamed, inter Alia by good leadership. The site is so enlightening that all should strive to visit at one... More

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

This memorial was beautifully arranged and very informative. For about 1.5 hours my husband and I toured the grounds with an audio guide. We learned a lot about Rwanda's history, world history and the work to heal from and prevent genocide. While sombering, it was not until the children's section at the end that I felt overwhelmed with emotion. The... More

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

This has got to be one of the most harrowing memorials I have been too. 20 years have passed however looking at the images, hearing the testimonials and seeing the artifacts it feels like one is transported back to 1994. It is beautifully presented and easy to follow especially when using the audio device. It is almost impossible to fathom... More

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