Museum of Butare & Genocide Memorial Rwanda
Museum of Butare was built in the early 1990s
and is a good source of information on the cultural
history of Rwanda and the region. During the 1994 genocide,
the Museum in Butare remained untouched. Butare is 135
Kilometers from Kigali and a visit can be organized
as a day excursion out of Kigali. This museum can be
visited on the way to Nyungwe National Park.)
Museum of Butare &
Genocide Memorial Rwanda
Museum of Butare
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Museum of Butare
and Genocide Memorial Rwanda Tour
takes you to visit National
Museum of Butare located 1.5 kilometers from the centre
of the town of Butare in Rwanda. Butare town is close
to the Burundi border in the south east of Rwanda.
lies 135 km from Kigali and a visit can be organized
as a day pleasure trip out of Kigali. A visit Butare
is also possible on the way to Nyungwe National Park.
Nyabisindu (Nyanza) is situated 45 km from Butare and
90 km from Kigali.
is a small town with a relaxed atmosphere, best known
as the educational centre of Rwanda, having been the
location for the first ever secondary school in 1928
and, since 1963, has been the site of Rwanda's national
university. Butare is mostly known for its historical
museums including the national museum of Rwanda and
King's Palace museum.
Museum of Butare was
in the early 1990s, the National Museum of Rwanda is
a good source of information on the cultural history
of the country and the region and it is over and over
again referred to as the best museum in East Africa.
the 1994 genocide, The National Museum located in Butare
remained safe and sound. It was donated in 1990s by
the Belgium government with some ethnic collection,
the design and concept all realized in co-operation
with the Royal Museum for Central Africa of Tervuren,
The diverse sections of the museum demonstrate a wide-ranging
assemblage of indistinguishable pictures, traditional
artifacts and objects, tools and different craft products.
objects are clustered together according to the theme
giving quality information on the daily life. Traditional
ceramics and basketry are still manufactured and belong
to the finest handicrafts of the region.
Museum is the fine and reflects well the time spirit
at the end of 19th Century when the East-African Kingdoms
came in contact with the first Europeans.
wealthy insights about Rwanda's traditional life and
culture and the successive historical developments contribute
to a better understanding of African history and should
be compelled for everybody who's interested in Africa.
(now: HUYE ) was the largest and most significant city
in Rwanda prior to 1965, when it lost out to the more
centrally located Kigali, 135 km to its north, as the
capital of independent Rwanda.
National Museum is the most prominent tourist attraction
in Butare and houses conceivably the finest ethnographic
collected works in East Africa. Absorbing displays of
traditional artifacts light up by eye-catching assortment
of turn-of-the-century monochrome photographs, providing
insight not only into pre-colonial lifestyles, but also
into the successive development of Rwanda as a contemporary
cultural significance is further underlined by a visit
to nearby Nyabisindu, formerly known as Nyanza, the
traditional seat of Rwanda's feudal kingdom.
impressive Royal Palace at Nyanza, a colossal domed
construction made completely with traditional materials,
has been thoroughly restored to its 19th century state
and is now safeguarded as a museum.
Museum of Butare and Genocide Memorial Rwanda
Price includes; Transport and Guiding. Food and entrance
fees are additional/ Extra
Museum of Butare and Genocide
is a regional centre with good hotels and lots of craft.
Close at hand are historical attractions, geographical
attractions, and the picturesque headwaters of the Nile
is a stepping off point to visit Murambi memorial a
boarding school where 30,000 – 50,000 Tutsis were
gathered in the promise of safety only to be butchered
en masse. The French Army constructed netball courts
on the mass graves to assist in disguising the massacre.
is another life changing experience. There are preserved
skeletons of victims and sometimes skulls showing fractures
and damage. Witnessing such a moving memorial sounds
macabre, however many people comment that they feel
much more empathy for the victims in this context than
when impersonal representations of violence such as
photos and films just elicit sadness and other negative
be put off, those who have visited these memorials find
it to be life changing in a positive way. En route to
Butare, visit Gitarama, the original seat of the Rwandan
Republic. Just outside Butare is the National Museum
which is a must see and another opportunity to view
national dancing, one of the highlights of an intriguing
close at hand is Nyanza, the King’s historical
dwelling which has is a museum of history and culture.
Trained staff interpret the historical and cultural
relevance of lifestyle, government and colonial impact
on the country. If
time permits, Kamegeri Rock is en route and has historical/
cultural significance in the Country’s history.
& Reservations for National
Museum of Butare and Genocide Memorial
Office Tel: + 254 (0) 20 2437871
Mobile : + 254 (0) 721242711