Kigali Genocide Memorial

Kigali Genocide Memorial

Kigali Genocide Memorial
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8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
A permanent National genocide memorial in remembrance of more than one million victims of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. The memorial is a place of remembrance and learning where more than 250,000 victims of the Genocide have been laid to rest. Many people who lost loved ones in the Genocide visit to remember and grieve. There is no entrance fee and donations are gratefully accepted.
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Jessica M
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania26 contributions
Important
Mar 2021
Not everyone who comes to Rwanda is interested in the history. I understand this. But - I think that to understand the country a bit better, and in a deeper way, visiting the memorial is extremely important. Everyone you meet will somehow have been affected by '94, and it will help you understand a bit better how far the country has come since then. I also appreciate that the memorial is done in a respectful way - you can't go through it without it affecting you too, but it doesn't just show the worst in a way that you become unable to process it. I've been many times, but I have to put some time between visits because it is difficult - and it should be. It should be something that touches something in you and makes you think.
Written 26 September 2021
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Roxtor
Toronto, Canada449 contributions
Very powerful and sobering experience
Sep 2021 • Couples
This memorial is a must visit when in Kigali. At first I was reluctant to go because of the horrors it memorializes but I’m now glad I went. There are both inside displays and outside memorials to visit. The lead up, events, aftermath, effect and outlook are all well presented here so allow a couple of hours. The most powerful exhibit is the children’s room which may be too overwhelming for some. The outside areas would be good to spend some time in after the inside exhibits. Not the sort of place where you get back in the car and drive off to lunch. There is no charge but there is a charge for the electronic headsets that tell you what you’re looking at. This memorial makes the horrors of the recent past very real.
Written 24 September 2021
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Wanderer Traveler
Sewell, NJ179 contributions
Emotional Rollercoaster
Sep 2021 • Couples
So I had the opportunity to visit the Genocide Museum in Kigali.

I have read all about Rwandan Genocide, About Tutsi & Hutu , and how World & UN Failed to protect Rwanda & it’s People.

And we failed the Rwandans.

Rwanda is a country of hills, mountains, forests, lakes, laughing children, markets of busy people, drummers, dancers, artisans and craftsman. Rwandans managed to squeeze thousands of hills and eight million people into our 26,338 square kilometers. Rwanda lad is fertile & rich and climate is pleasant. Rwanda has been home to Rwandans for centuries. Rwandans are one people. Rwandans speak one language. Rwandans have one history.

In recent times, though, Genocide has cast a dark shadow over the lives of Rwandans are torn them a part. This chapter is a bitter past of Rwandans , Rwandans say this We must remember for those we lost, and for the sake of the future.

This is about Rwanda Past and the Future
This is about Past and the Future of the World
This is about Past and the Future of Humans

Our nightmares, our dreams,
Our Fears and our hope,
Which is why begin where we end
With the country We Love said a Rwandan.

Rwanda was Dead on 7th April 1994,
1000 Tutsi were massacred in 20mins
10 Belgian Special Forces officers died
UN Pulled Out leaving Rwandans at their own faith

Back in Jan 1994 a Intelligence officer “ Jean “ shared intel with UNAMIR Commander regarding massacre & commander shared the Intel with UN but France Vetoed in security council.

France had played a active role in arming and training Rwandan armed forces, they also trained Hutu militia who would play a key role during genocide and many saw the french as allies. “Operation Turquoise” resulted in providing a safe zone for genocidaries fleeing the advancing RPF troops and an escape route in Zaire.

Fast forward to 2021, Rwanda is a bustling country, Amazing People, Delicious Food, Role Model for Whole of Africa, Modern, Scares of the genocide remains to tell a story but Rwandans are proud of their country & its culture.

Rwandans are a Strong & Optimistic people.

Entry is free into the museum,

A must visit
Written 23 September 2021
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Zach R
3 contributions
Must Experience
Aug 2021
This was such a powerful place to visit. The genocide is so clearly explained and so terrible to see. In some ways this reminded me of Yad Vashem in Israel and I liked that they had a section that discussed other genocides as well. The exhibit with all of the children's clothes and the one with skulls both made an even more powerful impact.
Written 18 September 2021
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claudia B
2 contributions
Rwanda dark tourism
Feb 2021
At the end of Rwanda trip, me and my husband visited the Kigali genocide memorial. The trip was organized by Loyal Tours and Safaris, apart from the saddest history of genocide against tutsis, the tour was interesting.
Written 13 September 2021
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emm
Vancouver, WA291 contributions
Enlightening but sad
Aug 2021 • Family
great opportunity to understand better what went on in Rwanda. The individual stories were heart wrenching.the rooms that showed all the different genocides-Cambodia, Germany, etc. were also very interesting. Was great for my 17 year old son to understand that histories are different in other countries and some quite horrific.
Written 22 August 2021
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Israel Reiselei... U
Tel Aviv, Israel1,238 contributions
Horrors of modern history
Jul 2021
Places like thhis one is a must for every visitor.
Being child of Holocaust survivors, and worked in Cambodia just after the genocide, I come to the conclusion that humanity is never learning the lessons.
Written 16 August 2021
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Kim G
Toronto, Canada927 contributions
Moving & Informative
Jun 2021
The museum is well laid out with several different sections. It begins with the history leading up to the genocide starting back in the 1960's. The information is delivered through text, photographs and videos. It then goes on to explain the facts around what exactly happened during the period of 100 days and then onward discussing the aftermath and then how the country has ultimately moved forward.

There is a very difficult room that displays pictures of many, many people who lost their lives and another room that shows images of beautiful children who also perished. The upstairs gallery talks about other global genocides. And the outside is where the mass burial graves are located.

The information is factual and of course extremely disturbing. It is sobering to understand the magnitude of what happened and the incredible loss of life during this time. Really hard to wrap your head around what exactly happened there but a very important situation to learn about in depth. Be prepared for an emotional reaction to the stories and images.

A must visit when in Kigali.
Written 28 July 2021
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tiralb
Tirana, Albania201 contributions
Excellent museum
Jul 2021
A very interesting museum and thoughtful memorial to the many people slaughtered during the 1994 Rwandan genocide. The video testimonials of people who lived through the genocide are very moving.
Written 3 July 2021
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Henry K. Mwumvaneza
Kigali, Rwanda15 contributions
Being a Rwandan, I have always gone to this place to remember, reconnect, reminisce & restore memories of some relatives
Apr 2021 • Friends
This memorial museum is very interactive, well laid out and so informative. The audio-guide clears it all so crystal.
Written 6 May 2021
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