Rwanda Cultural Museums, Cultural Tours in Rwanda

The National Museum of Rwanda

The National Museum of Rwanda was introduced to the general public on September eighteenth, 1989 and found in Huye, it is also the most well-known museum in Rwanda and has perhaps the finest ethnographic and archeological collections in East Africa with over 10,000 antiques. Absorbing displays of traditional artifacts are enlightened by the fascinating selection of turn-of-the-century monochrome photographs, giving insight not only into pre-colonial lifestyles, as well as into the subsequent development of Rwanda as a modern African state.

Nyanza Royal Palace, Rukari

Under the rule of King Yuhi V Musinga in 1899, Nyanza was the royal capital of Rwanda. The court turned into the home of the artistic and intellectual activities and was additionally a place for economic exchange. Today, a replica of the traditional Royal Palace sits at Rukari. The impressive, enormous domed structure is made completely with traditional materials, has been painstakingly restored to its nineteenth-century state and is now maintained as a museum.

The Museum of Rwandan Ancient History

The museum was once the residence of King Mutara III Rudahingwa, this museum likewise sits at Rukari close to the Royal Palace. This Palace has been restored and offers a flash into Rwandan life as it once was. On the neighboring hills of Mwima, King Mutara III and his wife Queen Rosalie Gicanda are buried.

Rwesero Arts Museum

The museum is found across the valley from the Museum of Rwandan Ancient History and the Nyanza Royal Palace, the Rwesero Arts Museum shows contemporary work of art which testifies to the originality of Rwandan creativity, while not overlooking either tradition or national history. This museum was initially built as a Palace for King Mutara III Rudahingwa but he passed away before occupying it. Both the Museum of Rwandan Ancient History and the Rwesero Arts Museum are found 2km from Nyanza town.

The Museum of Natural History

The Nyarugenge home in Kigali City once occupied by German Richard Kandt has been transformed into the Museum of Natural History. A scientist by profession, Richard Kandt was the first German Imperial resident in Rwanda and this museum is an homage to his work.

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