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Kigali Memorial Centre / Gisozi Genocide Memorial Centre

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Address: Gisozi, Kigali, Rwanda
Phone Number: 250788303098
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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Somber but educational

Provided nice background and description of what happened leading up to and during the genocide. Very somber, but educational.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Provided nice background and description of what happened leading up to and during the genocide. Very somber, but educational.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

The Belgians divided the local people into tutsi (10 cows or more) and hutu. The Catholic Church codified. The French army did not stop 100 of brutal slaughter of tutsi people and moderate hutu by extremist government leaders know as akazu and the army. The murderers used clubs, machetes and other weapons plus rape to maim and kill upto 1,000,000.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

This is a must see when coming to Rwanda. Be prepared for lots of emotions- but this museum gives a thorough historical understanding. However, it will be difficult to learn the truth of what is still divisive and happening in the country today from anyone- so be aware of the reality that many people don't talk about the still suppressive... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

A truly graphic display of a genocide that the world allowed to happen. It hard to believe that this happened so recently and the scale of the murders. One million people killed by their neighbours, friends and even relatives in only 100 days. Thought provoking and very sad. An experience you should have.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW

Very moving presentation of the Genocide, as well as the history leading up to it and afterwards. Standing amidst the mass burial site of 250,000 victims brought a brutal reality to the experience. Seeing photos of some of the children murdered is painful and haunting. The testimonies of the survivors is an inspiring act of courage and resilience. The way... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

A very sobering tour that explains the history and the actual genocide. Well worth a visit to understand the stories from survivors.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

The museum places the Rwandan genocide in the historical context of other 20th century genocides and the graves and grounds provide a peaceful place of reflection on this specific atrocity. Your visit is sure to be sobering, so allow yourself time to contemplate in the gardens or patio area before moving on.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Definitely worth spending a few hours here learning about the events of the Rwandan Genocide and also other genocides through history. Well presented displays mainly audiovisual and photos with written explanations rather than artefacts. The video testimonies of the survivors were the best part

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Sobering, but very recent history, depicted openly. The museum doesn't assign blame, that's not it's purpose, nor does it make the events understandable. Just describes them, sends shivers up and down your spine, and makes one want to grasp his or her understanding and tolerance, denounce bigotry and hate and denouce seeds of such travesties as soon as they show... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Any visitor to Kigali must visit this museum. It is upsetting, but essential to learn what happened in 1994.

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