Ethnographic Museum Rwanda
Ethnographic Museum Rwanda
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8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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AbbeyY.
2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
This Museum brings to light the development of Rwandan culture throughout history. I would highly recommend this Museum as a short stop during a trip in Rwanda. Every single aspect of this museum is unbelievable. From the outside of the Museum to each gallery, you will see outrageous beautiful details. It is very educational and is comprised of 7 display galleries. Any questions you have regarding early history of the country, art or archaeological artifacts displayed, or how such a rich culture was born, will be answered through visual aids and well-written descriptions. I would not recommend this museum if you are traveling with young kids because it is so highly informational. At the end of your tour, definitely stop and get some souvenirs at a GREAT price!
Written February 6, 2020
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Scullyster
Colorado Springs, CO260 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018
This is a huge museum just ourside the city of Huye. It is a very short walk from the Huye bus station so a convenient stop if you are visiting Huye. The museum is in a very interesting building from an architectural perspective - all one floor, so easy for most people to get around in. It has a nice, clean restroom. The museum is mostly devoted to pre-colonial history, mostly before the visit in the late 1800s of the first German. However, there is a wall of post-colonial information. The museum contains several rooms beginning with the geological history of Rwanda. Within rooms, there are sections devoted to different subjects: like milk production, basketry, food, farming. clothing, jewelry, hunting, home construction and music. Another room has tools from the stone age to the 20th century. The two most interesting exhibits are: (1) an actual royal home that you can walk into to see how the elite lived and how the home was constructed. (2) In the music room, many drums that you can actually play and hear the different sounds they make. I would have liked to have heard some traditional and modern Rwanda music, but they haven’t thought of doing that yet. On our tour, we were accompanied by a Rwandan guide, a pleasant woman wearing traditional Rwandan formal dress, which resembles a sari. She did not explain much, just accompanied us and let us browse at our own pace. Take your time here as there is so much to read and learn.
The cost is 6,000 francs for non-residents and 5,000 francs for residents. At the entrance and exit (which is in the same place) is a gift shop, which is the largest gift shop I have seen at any government tourist site in Rwanda, but it still leaves a lot to be desired. For instance, they have a variety of clothing for sale, but instead of being displayed where a tourist can look through it, the clothes are bunched together in a display case. There is a very small selection of books on Rwanda in French, English and Kinyarwanda, and to look through them, one has to ask the guard to lift the top of the glass case they are in. I wanted to purchase a map of Rwanda, but disappointingly they did not have any to sell. There are a variety of wooden sculptures from very small to quite large and a lot of the mud black & white & red wall hangings (of which I bought a small one for 1,450 francs), ragdolls, beautifully carved wooden canes, baskets, and keychains, etc.
The grounds are beautifully maintained and quite large, but we did not have time to explore them. That will have to wait for another day.
Written May 6, 2018
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Farfar
Hilversum, The Netherlands822 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Family
On a rainy day decided to visit the Ethnographic museum In Huye, about 130 kms south of Kigali. Museum already exists since end of the eighties and was a gift from the Belgium Government on the occasion of 25 years independence of Rwanda. Meanwhile the museum is very well maintained and gives a good survey of the history of Rwanda. Had a pleasant guide Louise who knew a lot of interesting facts. Only a pity one is not allowed to take photographs inside the building.
Written December 29, 2018
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Sophie G
London, UK38 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Couples
We stopped here en route to Nyungwe from Kigali. Glad we stopped by - it's an interesting place. It's not huge - you can get around it in about a hour or so. The woven objects are especially impressive. I think the entrance fee was around $12 which we paid by card. A good way to break up the journey. Worth a look.
Written November 11, 2018
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Rwanda Museums
Huye, Rwanda12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018
nice experience with this museum launched in sept 1989. you can enjoy all aspects of Rwanda in the past from geology, social-economic welfare of Rwandans, etc.
Written October 23, 2018
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WanderingTom2008
Puyallup, WA27 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2018 • Solo
This is a good Rwandan historical experience. You can see everything from before 1500 to almost present day. The exhibits have a lot of artifacts from a long time ago. You would definitely enjoy if you like early history of countries and the world.
Written February 25, 2018
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John T
Wingham, UK229 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2018 • Solo
A history of Rwanda through the ages, escorted by knowledgeable guide. I am not sure that everything is of interest to everyone and feel it would have been better to browse the areas that i was interested in and then ask questions later.
Written February 20, 2018
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Josephoz
London, UK97 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Friends
We had a whistle stop tour of the museum with one of the guides as we only had 30 mins available. The guide was sensitive and adapted the tour to make sure we focus on the most interesting artefacts. The highlight is definitely the chief's hut. Walking into it was like walking into another world.

I would suggest that this is incorporated into a visit to Huye Mountain Coffee or if you are actually staying in Huye as the museum isn't that big.
Written March 23, 2017
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Janice F
Leeds, UK14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2015
This was a really interesting visit and I would have liked to have spent a lot longer here but time was limited.the Guide was excellent and imparted his knowledge enthusiastically..He was very friendly.The Museum has lots of exhibits from Rwanda's past - farming implements,photos,clothing,cooking and eating implements , musical instruments ,weapons etc.The museum is well set out and the building is very modern.
Written September 20, 2015
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Torunn H
21 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Friends
It is a nice museum that have some interesting items. It gives a good introduction to the culture and way of living in the country. There are a original living hut inside the museum, which is cool. The botanical garden outside is also nice.

If you are a student, bring your international student card!
Written August 29, 2015
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