Rwanda Museums takes you to the unique history and culture of Rwanda that spice-up your luxury safari experience which are diversifying the country’s tourism industry that mainly depends on mountain gorilla trekking. The Rwanda Museums showcase archaeological, historical, political and artistic insight into Rwanda, the land of a thousand hills and some of the must-visit Rwanda Museums are explained below
National Museum of Rwanda
National Museum is one of the most well coming Museums among Rwanda Museums. National Museum was constructed in 1987 by the Belgium King Baudouin 1 as a present to the people of Rwanda. National Museum is also known as Butare Museum or Ethnographic Museum is one of the most outstanding Museums and found within Huye, approximately 82 miles south of the Capital (Kigali) and shelters one of the Continent’s best ethnographic objects. It sits on an area of 20 hectares covering mainly local vegetation as well as a traditional Crafty training center.
Visiting the Rwanda Museums especially Butare Museum offers you to its 7 rooms of archeological, historical, artistic and ethnographic collections and has been modernized to feature visual aides to provide tourists with the rich information and an introduction into the country’s rich history and culture. Several ancient clothing and architectural collections are displayed.
The National Museum’s first gallery (room) is located at the entrance displaying provisional exhibitions with a number of shelves with traditional handicrafts, the second gallery illustrates the ecological, environmental, geographical and physical history as well as growth of the people of Rwanda, the third gallery shows several occupations of the people of Rwanda especially livestock keepers, hunter / gatherers and farmers, the fourth gallery shows handcrafts and how traditional household items such as pots, mats, baskets and wooden shields are made, the fifth gallery is where you will see the different methods and styles of traditional architecture, the sixth gallery is where games and sports items are shown and the 7th gallery shows customs, culture, poetry, beliefs and oral traditional of Rwandans.
For any visitors planning to visit the Ethnographic Museum, both public and private transport means can be used and if it’s public means, several buses leaving for Huye (Butare) can be found within Kigali City (in Nyamagabe) and takes two and a half hours.
King’s Palace Museum
King’s Palace Museum is another rewarding museum among the Rwanda Museum which found in Rukari (Nyanza District) in the southern Province, about 88 kilometers from the City (Kigali). King’s Palace Museum is the former Palace of King Mutara III Rudahigwa and gives an insight to the traditional Rwandan Kingship as well as the early 1960s.
The King’s Palace Museum is also known as the “Museum of Rwandan Ancient History and was refurbished to a 19th Century state, and now features several interesting collections including the Inyambo (long-horned royal cows) that was not so long ago added to show that cows are an important part of the people’s culture. At the King’s Palace Museum also a modern Palace (built in 1931) and is where King Mutara Rudahigwa lived before passing away in 1959 and now exhibits the history of the country since the 15th Century. At just few meters away on a nearby hill is a Mausoleum where King Mutara and his wife-Queen Rosalie Gicanda as well as King Kigeli IV Ndahindurwa were buried.
Museum of Environment
Museum of Environment is situated near Lake Kivu in the western Province and is one of the newest Museums in Rwanda that was opened on the 16th July 2015 which increased on number of those Rwanda Museums. The Museum of Environment is made up of two floors with the first displaying the different energy sources while the rooftop featuring an herbal medicine garden. Tourists who visit the Museum of Environment are educated and made to understand the different ways of safeguarding the natural environment as well as ensuring an integrated and long lasting development.
Rwesero Arts Museum
Rwesero Arts Museum is found at 2 kilometers from Nyanza Town across the lush Valley from King’s Palace Museum and 85 kilometers from Kigali, and shows artifacts of original Rwandan creativity while not ignoring national history and tradition. It was originally constructed in 1957 and finalized in 1959 as a Palace for King Mutara II Rudahingwa but he unfortunately died before occupying it.
Rwesero Arts Museum is do far one of the few places that house Rwandan art collections especially permanent collections of photography, paintings, textiles, paper works, architecture, beadwork and sculpture that offer information on the phenomenal range of aesthetic efforts in the country. The Rwesero Arts Museum building was changed into a National Art Gallery in May 2006 until May 2018 when the new Museum of Art was established within the former State house in Kanombe.
Rwanda Art Museum
Rwanda Art Museum is found in Kanombe at about 4 kilometers from Kigali Airport and represents the former Presidential Palace Museum that was transformed into the “Rwanda Art Museum on 18th May 2018. The Rwanda Art Museum showcases modern artifacts of both local and international artists as well as being a host for temporary as well as art exhibitions. It’s obvious that the present Museum was a Presidential Palace during the 1970s up to the late 2000s and visiting it 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.
Other important Museums in Rwanda are Kandt House (Rwanda Museum of Natural History) and the National Liberation Park Museum that can all be explored when visiting the country for a safari.