Kandt House Museum
Kandt House Museum
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8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 5:30 PM

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  • ksufan88
    Wichita, Kansas6,308 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good introduction to Rwandan history
    We walked from our hotel to this museum and found it fairly easily since it has a nice sign where you turn off the main road down a smaller lane. Security at the entrance gate directed us to the office where you can pay for entry in cash or card. We only wanted to view the house and historical museum (not the reptiles which were an extra charge) and the admission was approximately $5 USD per person. A lady from the office walked with us to the entrance and gave us a short background on the house and stayed around to answer questions. The house is sparsely furnished but has plenty of informational posters and pictures (in both French and English) that explain the history of Rwanda, its colonization and Richard Kandt.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 4, 2023
  • B. L
    Paris, France15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must visit for history enthusiasts and anyone keen to delve into Rwanda’s rich past history.
    Visiting the Kandt House Museum in Kigali was a truly enlightening experience. This historical gem offers a glimpse into Rwanda's past through the lens of German colonial rule. The well-preserved artifacts and exhibits provided a comprehensive insight into the country's cultural and colonial heritage. The museum's layout and informative displays make it easy to navigate and understand the history behind each exhibit. The knowledgeable staff further enriched the experience with their expert insights and willingness to answer questions. One highlight was the opportunity to explore the beautifully maintained gardens surrounding the museum, adding a tranquil ambiance to the visit. The picturesque setting complemented the historical significance of the museum, creating a memorable visit.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written April 4, 2024
  • 127Fred
    London, United Kingdom564 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great small museum
    This is an excellent, small museum, showing a small chunk of Rwandan history. The welcome is personalised, by local workforce knowing how to welcome customers. The place shows the period of German colonialisation, and a few snakes and crocodiles. We did not see the connection, unless, that is, we get cynical. Our main regret, though, is that the sources for documentation seem not diverse enough to give a full, panoramic picture of the period.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written April 19, 2024
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Steeve
Kigali, Rwanda4,092 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Couples
If you are interested to know how and why Kigali became the capital of Rwanda, this is the place to start. The guide we had was sensational. She talked for almost an hour and taught us many things about the town and about the country. It may be boring for some, especially for children, but for us it was exactly what we had been looking for. I think I paid RWF 10,000 (I am an expat) and my girlfriend (Rwandese) paid RWF 2,000.
Written January 15, 2023
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127Fred
London, UK603 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
This is an excellent, small museum, showing a small chunk of Rwandan history.

The welcome is personalised, by local workforce knowing how to welcome customers.
The place shows the period of German colonialisation, and a few snakes and crocodiles. We did not see the connection, unless, that is, we get cynical.

Our main regret, though, is that the sources for documentation seem not diverse enough to give a full, panoramic picture of the period.
Written April 19, 2024
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Polite-Undemanding
38 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Solo
This is a depressing museum in more ways than one.
It provides an important reminder of the terrors of colonialism.

But it's very minimal and those poor snakes are not in good conditions. And someone needs to rescue the crocodile.

I'll agree with the other reviews that state that it's an interesting-looking house and has great views.
Written June 17, 2022
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odyek fred
Kigali, Rwanda143 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Business
I was in a business meeting about opening of the museum as one of the world cultural center. I managed to go around, see some snakes and crocodiles, and some history about Kant. However do not expect much, but us worth visit than staying at the hotel bulcony so that you can learn more on Rwandan history
Written March 13, 2019
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Hermes_NL 🇳🇱
Amsterdam, The Netherlands20,194 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
The Kandt house is the former residence of the first German governor of Rwanda. It is well preserved and has a nice collection of photos inside, a.o. of the Rwandan royalty at the time. Also somewhat randomly there is a small zoo with crocodiles and snakes on the site. And a small gift shop. Definitely worth a visit!
Written February 21, 2024
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Mark N
Boston, Massachusetts57 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2015 • Friends
Where else can you see an exhibit of live snakes in Kigali? This place is small, literally the house of a former German explorer and resident, and has been converted into a sort of living museum / natural history museum. Worth a visit if only for the live snakes! The rest of the exhibits in the rooms are interesting, if a bit static and outdated. Recommend the self-guided option, unless you have extra time, since the guides may insist on showing you EVERYTHING in the museum, each with explanation. This could take you an hour or more, so avoid if you're in a hurry. That said, the guide was very well informed and engaging, and spoke excellent English. But we really didn't have a huge amount of time to spend there, so we sort of had to politely rush him along.
Written June 2, 2015
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SteveMXP
London, UK213 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We had an hour's guide which was very interesting and informative on the early history of Rwanda. The only downside is the reptile exhibit - which is not really anything to do with the museum but needs a mention as the conditions that the snakes are being held in are terrible. No need to have it there - please re-house the snakes to a zoo or somewhere else - it adds nothing to the museum and in fact detracts from the excellent tour.
Written January 8, 2020
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Gary B
Oklahoma City, OK37 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015 • Friends
We went to the museum to help a friend who is participating in geocaching. The item was outside in the back of the museum. The staff would not let her proceed without paying the entrance fee for the museum and so we complied. Four of our party paid the fee, 6,000 RWF, and discovered very little to view. Would advise travelers to skip this stop.
Written June 11, 2015
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martinavb
8 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2015 • Couples
This is a very interesting museum for people who are interested in stones and minerals.. for everyone else.. don't go there!! The tour is lame, they don't have much to display. (except for stuffed animals and toy dinosaurs). We thought it was absolutely not worth the entrance fee.
Written February 12, 2015
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Melissa P
Canada170 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2014 • Couples
For RWF6000 (approximately 9 USD) I was hoping to walk out with a greater appreciation of, well, Rwanda's natural history. Instead, I felt ripped off....there's not a lot to see, and many of the posters are in Kinyarwanda and German, making many exhibits impossible to read (unless, of course, you speak one of those languages). There are three parts to the museum. Part one is all about the wildlife one can expect to see (or used to be able to see) in Rwanda's national parks. Part two consists of a few cases of minerals/rocks, many of which are not labelled in English. Part three features a handful of live, deadly snakes found in Rwanda. I was sincerely hoping that this part would be the most interesting - and it was (though still not great by any means). The snakes that were there were interesting to see, but the printed facts about the snakes leave a lot to be desired. For instance, saying that a snake is "very long" doesn't really make me feel that the exhibit is credible in the least. Furthermore, visitors are encouraged to tap on the glass cages of the snakes to agitate them, making them more "interesting" to look at. Hummmmmm. Oh, and one more thing - after seeing the snakes, I saw a hut with some other live animals in cages....when I went over to see what was there, I realized there was a hutch full of guinea pigs. I asked a guide what they were for and she didn't know....she called someone else over who told her they were snake food (yup, what I expected)! I explained that where I come from, they're children's pets and the guide looked both disgusted and mortified! Ha! Anyway, probably not a place I'd recommend unless you have literally seen everything else to see and need to kill 30 minutes.
Written November 27, 2014
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