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“A must if you want to try understand what happened” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Murambi Genocide Memorial Center

Murambi Genocide Memorial Center
Butare, Rwanda
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Ranked #1 of 3 Attractions in Butare
Type: Specialty Museums, Cultural
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Netherlands
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“A must if you want to try understand what happened”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

It would be insensitive to write a review about a place where such pain, suffering and murder took place. I can only say go see for your self and spend time speaking with the guides. The young man who showed us around is a survivor. His story and view of what happened in Rwanda is sobering.

The centre can be a little tricky to find as you need to go down a dirt road that is not well signed. If need be ask one of the bicycle riders / taxis to show you the way,

Visited October 2013
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“Excellent museum, shocking subject - will serve as a lesson to all”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2013

This museum provides an excellent history of the events leading up to the genocide - arguably the best in Rwanda - and then focuses on the tragedy of what happened to the people of Murambi. This would have to be No 1 on your list of activities if you are in the Butare area.

There were a few TV screens, I presume for video displays, but none were available on my visit. Still, the written/pictorial displays and guided tour of the grounds are more than enough to warrant a visit. You will never forget the sight, or the smell, of the victims who have been preserved in lime powder and on display in the school rooms out back. Adults, children, babies. It's simplicity is overwhelming. Such a stark visual reminder of the horrors that took place.

This is an easy 1/2 day trip from Butare town on public transport - see below - and the countryside enroute is lovely.

Public transport directions:
- From Butare (Huye) catch a minibus to Nyamagabe. I used Volcano Express for Fr500 one way however Horizon also go there, and possibly others. Volcano goes every 30 mins and takes about 30 mins (you get off at the last stop).
- From the bus station in Nyamagabe you could catch a moto for around Fr600 one way. I walked the 3km, it's easy enough although not sign posted - but you can just ask the locals enroute, that's what I did.
- If walking, continue along the main road in the same direction of travel for about 1km. There is a right hand turn and the side road immediately branches off in 3 directions. Take the middle option, it goes slightly left and downhill (so you don't really notice it at first sight from the main rd).
- After 200m take the first left turn.
- 100m along this road you will see a dirt road that branches off to the right and downhill. Take this road.
- Continue along the dirt road for about 1.5km and you will find the memorial centre - the building with a big white fence around it.

Visited July 2013
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Calgary, Canada
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“Never Again, Never Forget”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2013

This is one of the most graphic genocide memorials in Rwanda, and a must see if you are passing through the area. The centre is very informative, moving, and at points, extremely overwhelming. It is difficult to walk through this area and imagine the horror that occurred almost 20 years ago. It is worth visiting to understand how the history of the genocide, read personal accounts of survivors and see the victims' bodies. Please remember to give a small donation at the end to help keep the genocide memorials alive so this horrible event will never be forgotten.

Visited February 2013
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“overwhelming”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

The only genocide memorial that we visited during our trip.
This experience was really quite overwhelming. There is a really informative and moving exhibition, and then there is the visit to the graves and bodies.
So hard to believe that such horrors occured in what is now such a quiet place.

Visited January 2013
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Boston, Massachusetts
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“Words fail me”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2013

Disturbing and moving at the same time. Affects you like no other genocide memorial in the country (and we've visited others in Kigali, Ntarama and Nyamata - - which are all interesting, moving, and worth visiting in their own right). But the way that the victims are preserved in Murambi brings home the horror of those 100 days with an immediacy that you don't quite experience in the same way at the other memorials (although seeing the clothing and personal belongings at Nyamata and Ntarama evoke similar feelings). A place to seriously reflect.

Visited August 2012
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