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Kigali Memorial Centre / Gisozi Genocide Memorial Centre

Address: Gisozi, Kigali, Rwanda
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Ranked #2 of 19 Attractions in Kigali
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
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, 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 many people who lost loved ones in the genocide go to remember and grieve. No entrance fee; donations gratefully accepted.

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Hinsdale, Illinois
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42 reviews 42 reviews
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78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

We thought this was so worthwhile. The Center and the gardens are really well done. No one should visit Rwanda without paying a visit. Very sobering.

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Kampala, Uganda
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

Before i went to the memorial, i always had stories from friends that really touched my heart. when i finally got to see it in person it was captivating and the way i showed around, the storytelling and the legacy on which it stands.This should certainly be a must see place for all that go to Kigali.

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Lilongwe, Malawi
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8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

Well, what can you say? Staggeringly hard hitting, powerful and sad. Definitely a MUST if you're near / in Kigali. I can see why it's the #2 most popular attraction. It's also FREE but a donation is appreciated. How could they improve? - The whole of the museum is written in Kinyarwanda, French and English. And all follows the same... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

I visited the memorial with sone friends and was completely captivated by the quality of the storytelling and the inhumanity that lead to so much humanity as its legacy. This is certainly a must see for all people coming to Kigali, the city of a thousands hills and the home of resilience.

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Hong Kong
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

It's hard to understand this country. What you see on the street is that the traffic flows, the lights work, the laws are followed, the cops are respected, life is safe, the air is clean, and development proceeds quickly. What you know from history is that this place erupted in one of the most famous spasms of lethal violence the... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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61 reviews 61 reviews
6 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

An incredibly well laid out museum that gives such a graphic, well written and well explained insight into the Rwandan genocide. You need to give yourself at least 2-3 hours to read carefully the explanations and to wander through the gallery and the gardens of remembrance. The stories are very moving and at times overwhelming. It really was nice afterwards... More 

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Cleveland, Ohio, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

There are many Genocide memorials all over Rwanda, but this museum gives the most thorough explanation of historical events as well as emotional aspects of the genocide such as a special room about some of the children who were killed, and information about other genocides that have taken place in the world. We found the historical information about the Rwandan... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

The centre has been opened for a short time and is thoughtfully presented with photographs and objects relating to the genocide, but also with reference to other previous genocides, including Armenian and Jewish. There are videos and family photographs but not all photographs have been included as some were thought to be too disturbing to view.

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

It gives a gory but good insight of the Rwanda genocide and worth a visit... the museum gives you a correct picture of what happened in those 3 months in 1994 when over 8 lac were killed in inter racial strife in the country.. the place also gives brief details of similar other genocides in the world and reminds one... More 

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East Hampton
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Anyone who wants to learn the truth about the Rwandan Genocide should visit this memorial. The exhibits are wonderful, the staff is welcoming and the subject matter tragic. A most meaningful afternoon.

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