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Rwanda which is as well termed as the “land of a thousand hills” basically because It is highly elevated with its geography dominated by mountains in the west and savanna to the east, with numerous lakes throughout the country. It is one of the smallest countries on the African mainland but situated in East Africa bordered by Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Currently, the country has six museums and about 80 historical sites which greatly raised the country to one of the most visited African countries with great market potential for tourism where a lot of sites are preserved ranging from the genocide memorial, Nyungwe forest national park, Volcanoes national park, Akagera national park and other leisure monuments around the country.

A lot of exploration in relation to city protected museums has been developed to smooth better give the history of the travelers and its development, some of these preserved museums with local artifacts can be traced in this discussion as we highlight them is our article as follows;

Kigali Genocide Memorial

Kigali genocide memorial lies in the capital city is Kigali and home to the largest Rwanda’s artifact and history, a touch of most collected remains of the genocide, a visit to this memorable place is where you find the remains of the genocide with about 250,000 victims which have been buried. This has been an education center about the entire prior atrocities in the country and the bloodshed poured in the land against the Tutsi.

The memorial gardens provide a place for quiet contemplation about the history of the Genocide against the Tutsi. They allow visitors to reflect on how we all have a personal responsibility to prevent discrimination and mass atrocity.

The museum was designed with giant wall displays, archival documents, photos, video footage and weapons encased in glass, the indoor exhibit sheds light on the Rwandan genocide, as well its pre-colonial, colonial and post-colonial roots.

Therefore a visit to this great museum may leave you struggling for words, in tears or both, and should be a must to every traveler’s itinerary.

Kandt House Museum

This house museum is another great experience is your visiting located 10 kilometers from Kigali international airport and the city of Kigali, driven from the great work of Dr. Kandt a physician and explorer who traveled to Rwanda in 1897, he is greatly credited for having laid a strong foundation for Kigali City in 1907, During your tour of the museum, you will have an opportunity to view many preserved specimens, along with relics of Rwanda’s biological and geological past.

Kings Palace Museum

Like any other African country, Rwandan Monarchy is evident once you take a visit to the country, located in Nyanza province 88 km south of Kigali Capital City there lays a beautifully-crafted thatched dwelling shaped like a beehive traditional Royal residence. It’s one of the attractive and impressive museums which was restored to its olds looks of the 19th century with the use of locally made art craft, the Rwandese as well are renowned cattle keepers which prompted them to regain their long-horned traditional cows and thus be ready to meet them on your visit to the palace. You can as well visit the neighboring hill of Mwirima where the body of the prior king, King Mutara 111, and his wife Queen Rosalie Gicanda were laid to rest. Understanding the diversity and rich African culture is one of the activities you can include on your itinerary to better understand the nature and ways of how the natives evolved without being ethnocentric.

Rwanda Ethnographic

This is another epic moment and part of the museums to visit in Rwanda found in Huye district in the province of Butare which is about four-hour drive {35 kilometers} from the capital city of Kigali. Ethnographic Museum is, however, the first and largest museums in Kigali with seven galleries which were constructed in support from the German king {King Baodouin 1} and thus showcase a lot of Rwandan history with a lot of artistic work, culture, tradition and several collected artifacts making it one of the finest African museums which give visitors the perfect moment on their visit to the country.

Museum of Environment

In order to conserve the environment/ nature in its normal state, emphasis on educating and sensitizing the mass is a key factor. Therefore the government of Rwanda initiated the museum of the environment with an emphasis on educating its people on the best way of utilizing the available resources without compromising the future generation and as well contribute to the tourism sector in the country. The location of this museum itself is accurate and worth relaxing as its located near Lake Kivu which is an attraction on its own and thus a visit to this museum will take you through learning different forms of energy produced in the area, the role played by energy in the changing environment and its impact

Rwanda Art Museum

Rwanda art museum is located 4 kilometers from Kigali international airport. The place was previously a presidential suite on the 70s and early 2000s but apparently was changed to the art museum displaying contemporary art from both Rwandan and international artists and far more allows tourists to see the debris of the Falcon 50s Presidential jet that was shot during the 6th April 1994 and led to 1994 genocide.

NOTE; It recorded that on 6 April 1994. Social tensions erupted in the 1994 genocide that followed, in which Hutu extremists killed an estimated 500,000-1,000,000 Tutsi and moderate Hutu. The RPF ended the genocide with a military victory.

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