Kigali Genocide Memorial, Kigali

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Reflect on some of the country's darkest moments and gain insight into an integral part of recent national history at Kigali Genocide Memorial. The final resting place for over 250,000 victims, the memorial center commemorates those slaughtered in the 1994 Rwandan genocide, while educating its visitors with an informative and harrowing presentation of history. You'll learn the political and sociological landscape of Rwanda during the build-up to the genocide of the Tutsi people, along with details of the atrocity itself through audio-visual tours, survivor testimonies, human remains, and artifacts. Plan to visit Kigali Genocide Memorial during your Kigali vacation using our convenient Kigali trip planner.
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  • Incredibly disturbing but incredibly respectful. As it should be. Highly recommend a visit to better understand the country. 
    Incredibly disturbing but incredibly respectful. As it should be. Highly recommend a visit to better understand the country.  more »
  • Heartbreaking and powerful - they've done a great job building and maintaining this center. A must-stop for any tourist in Kigali. We used the audio guide which I highly recommend. 
    Heartbreaking and powerful - they've done a great job building and maintaining this center. A must-stop for any tourist in Kigali. We used the audio guide which I highly recommend.  more »
  • A live history lesson - in my opinion anyone visiting Rwanda needs to go to this museum to understand this heart wrenching history - and also to appreciate their resilience and continuous healing... 
    A live history lesson - in my opinion anyone visiting Rwanda needs to go to this museum to understand this heart wrenching history - and also to appreciate their resilience and continuous healing...  more »
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  • Remarkable historical memorial centre that holds immense significance and emotions to Rwandans. I have always heard about the memorial centre but my visit here was more than I could ever have anticipated
  • My visit to KGM was very humbling and educational for me. We went through a security check before entering into the premises. We then proceeded to the reception where we received by a Man (his welcome was very refreshing) and he gave us a flier for the memorial (picture attached). There's no entry fee but you're advised to make a donation to the foundation that caters to the families affected by the Genocide in 1994, there's a audio guide (20,000RWF) also available in English that would give more information about the different spots in the memorial. There's a briefing room where you watch a clip of the major events that shaped the country we love to visit today. We walked through the different spots that highlighted major events pre, during and post genocide There's a shop where you can get crafts and souvenirs, there's a Cafe where you can get drinks and light food. I left a better perspectives to life, and I wish all who lost their lives eternal rest.
  • Great, very emotional place to visit and learn about the genocide in Rwanda around 1995, the things that led to it and in the end helped to reform the country to what it is now. Arthur & Marian
  • A definite must-go place when in Rwanda 🇷🇼 As a student of life, I was taken to another level with what I learnt. You come out a changed person. The experience of just going through the Memorial was exceptional!
  • You cannot leave Kigali without visiting the museum. What a way to tell the story of a country that has risen above all the pain and terror. Have your tissue and hankies handy. So many lives lost to evil propaganda. The story starts at the very beginning of colonisation to the reconciliation process. Not to be missed. Lessons to be learned...major one is we are all human...First. there were evil religious leaders who killed innocents and there were heroic religious leaders who saved. In the end, it is not our religion or tribe that matters...but our humanity. This fact has driven the policies of Rwanda especially on religion, which i wish can be applied to my country... Entrance is free..They simply asked for donations. They also asked that if you must take photos, you should also donate. I could not take photos of so many things. Gosh..not sure I could. But I took of some quotes on the walls. We are all one.

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