The diversity and range of museums and heritage sites gives the Institute an opportunity to present more to the global community. We have traced the history back further to World War I in collaboration with the German Embassy based in Rwanda. Steel lorry wheels along with some archived photographs were given to the Institute by Germany embassy in september 2013. The Institute prides itself on working collaboratively with multiple partners. Notably, it is about ensuring good working practices are set up with global partners and different communities to progress on initiatives that fulfill the national vision. For example, architectural consultancy for the buildings is sought from countries like South Africa,Germany United Kingdom and Belgium.
National Liberation Park Museum Known as “Umurindi w'intwari”.
We are currently going through the consultancy period on the construction of the Liberation Park museum. Consultation will be within Rwanda and directed to the people of Rwanda. The foundation stone was laid by H.E the President of the Republic of Rwanda at “Umurindi w’intwari”, whilst the campaign against genocide museum will be visited very soon".
Museum of Environment.
This brand new museum opened its doors on 16th July 2015. Based at Lake Kivu in the Western Province, the building consists of two floors with a traditional herbal medicine garden based on rooftop. It is the first and only environment museum on the continent that exhibits energy sources both renewable and none renewable. The museum is the center of education for our visitors, helps them to understand and safeguard their environment and ensure an integrated and durable development.
Natural History Museum (Kigali).
New objects, including some that have never been seen before, are now on display at Dr Richard Kandt House (also known as Natural History Museum). These include steel wheels weighing over 250kg each. Archeological Work is being undertaken to recover the sunken ship by the shores of Lake Kivu. These pieces of historical evidence are believed to have originated from the First World War. This is where the German troops surrendered to Belgian troops on Rwandan soil.
Kings’ Palace, National Art gallery and the Social and Cultural Museum (Ethnographic).
The Southern Province has seen the new permanent exhibition of long white horned traditional cows otherwise known as “Inyambo”. There are several shepherds who tend to the cows, recite and sing traditional poems for visitors at the King’s Palace. These poems and the live exhibition of parading “inyambo” cows, by the shepherds means that the culture of Rwanda has been brought to life once again.
The National Harvest Festival was also reestablished in 2012 by the Rt. Hon Prime Minister Dr Pierre Damien Habumuremye after being abolished in 1925. It takes place every August and the Festival highlights the customs and rituals that were once commonplace at the Kings Palace as well all over the country.
We have now also joined the world, annually celebrating the International Council Organisation of Museums (ICOM) day in May which takes place at the National Art Gallery Rwesero Southern Province. The Art Gallery has brought in kids' studio with the theme “let it grow”. The Institute is collecting drawings around the world and so far we have Rwandan kids' drawings and are expecting more from, UK, Japan, Uganda and the Netherlands. These have filled some parts of the studio and still need to involve more kids for Rwandan children’s’ fun. The studio focuses on the ages between four and fifteen. The idea is to equip the kids with social, cultural and art skills, which all come through curiosity, creativity, inquisition and general knowledge from young ones.
MORE THAN HISTORY
The National Institute of Rwanda Museums and Heritage sites are a range of attractions aimed at everyone. Whether you’re looking for fun, knowledge, education or relaxation; you can rediscover or discover Rwanda’s multilayered history whilst we preserve traditional practices with traditional skills developments.
By the institute looking at the past, it means that transformational changes are designed to keep stories refreshed, allowing our visitors to benefit from an excellent experience as we all build our future. National Museums and natural&cultural heritage must reflect the values of our nation and our members of staff replicate this with their creativity and energy.
The time is right to remind ourselves of the need to protect and promote our cultural heritage as well as cultural tourism that our country offers.
‘Discover your Museums, Cherish your Heritage’
Institute of National Museums of Rwanda has 6 sites:
- Ethnographic Museum located at Huye
- National Art Gallery located at Nyanza-Rwesero
- King's Palace Museum located at Nyanza-Rukari
- Presidential Palace Museum located at Kigali-Kanombe
- Natural History Museum (Kandt House) located at Kigali-Nyarugenge
- Environmental Museum located at Karongi
Discover your Museums - Cherish your Heritage