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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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  • A must-go place, to know what really happened, during the world’s worst genocide, over a 30-day period. It’s a sobering, educative, tear-jerking, heart-wrenching experience. You cannot leave the... 
    A must-go place, to know what really happened, during the world’s worst genocide, over a 30-day period. It’s a sobering, educative, tear-jerking, heart-wrenching experience. You cannot leave the...  more »
  • This is (and should be) the top of the list for all those visiting Kigali. Even though 28 years have passed, it still brings sadness at the twisted thinking at the time of genocide. and for what? How....  more
    This is (and should be) the top of the list for all those visiting Kigali. Even though 28 years have passed, it still brings sadness at the twisted thinking at the time of genocide. and for what? How....  more »
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  • 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. What an incredible experience! You need 1.5hrs to 2 hrs at this museum. The lay out of the museum is self-explanatory, with reading in English, some French and The local language available. Do take a walk outside at the memorial tombstones. Here we recommend asking a guide such as: Claude Mugabe who is a survivor or similar, to share their story and the importance of why we should remember and revisit these places. It really rounds off the whole experience getting a guide for this portion. Take a coffee afterwards at the coffee shop, it takes time to get these drinks. The graphics and information can be overwhelming.
  • Emotional! Thought provoking! You have heard stories or read something about it, but visiting the memorial in person brings the point to the heart. Coming from a country with active conflict and ethnic tension it made me reflect more.

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