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National Museum of Rwanda

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Very Interesting Museum - Excellent Guide

We enjoyed this museum, as we learned a lot about Rwandan history and especially the Rwandan royal... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Good place to stop on the journey from Kigali to Nyungwe

Interesting reconstruction of the traditional palace structure, with a good guide to what life was... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Tradition remains alive in this modern museum, tastefully displaying many examples of African life and culture.
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RN1/Road to Nyanza | The museum actually is situated in the town of Nyanza, Butare, Rwanda
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We enjoyed this museum, as we learned a lot about Rwandan history and especially the Rwandan royal family. They have a replica of the King’s house as well as the actual palace used by the royal family after 1931. They also point in the distance...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Interesting reconstruction of the traditional palace structure, with a good guide to what life was like in the royal court. The modern palace is rather bare and much less interesting as most of the contents were looted or destroyed during the genocide. At RWF6000 this...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our Five to Five Hotel in Kigali arranged a driver for our day trip south to Huye (Butare) with our 3rd stop at this museum. After paying 6000 Rf($7) each, we were led by a guide on a tour through the 1959 Belgium-built colonial palace....More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Gene R J
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

There is such a wealth of information that one can learn here at the King's Palace. We were a rather large group of 10 friends. Our guide was delightful, friendly and quite knowledgeable. She took her time and led us through each exhibit allowing us...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Pat B
Reviewed October 23, 2018

This place offers a detailed look into the Rwandan monarchical system and its abolition in early 1960s. Apart from Traditional Royal house, I enjoyed long horned cows called "Inyambo" and Residence of King Mutara III Rudahigwa. people can also visit Mwima mausoleum where King Mutara...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 11, 2018

The main kings palace is a cement home with multiple rooms, and the tour gives a good idea of what each room was used for, and there is much of the original furniture inside. On the rest of the grounds is a replica of a...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed August 26, 2018

Wonderful place to learn about the history and culture of Rwanda. Definitely a must-do if you visit this beautiful little country

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed May 27, 2018 via mobile

Takes about an hour to walk around the inside and outside element. Worth a quick trip if you are passing through. Well laid out and enthusiastic, informative staff. Would benefit from a coffee shop....

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed March 6, 2018 via mobile

This is the same place as the King’s Palace Museum. So look there for reviews. Definitely don’t miss this if you are in the area.

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed February 18, 2018

We have been visiting with a guide (from Museum), Rwanda heritage is somehow concentrated in that museum. In my wallet was an old 100 RFW, and it was a good idea to let it old money collection for the museum. It's not allowed to take...More

Date of experience: September 2017
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Michelle B
Cleveland, Ohio, United States
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What days of the week is the National Museum of Rwanda open and what are their hours? I've been looking for this information and cannot seem to find it anywhere. Thanks!
November 16, 2014|
Response from6Yves99|
hello Michelle The National museum of Rwanda is open everyday,from Monday-Sunday, starting 08:00Am to 06:00Pm. I hope this may help in any way ! Best Regards