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Kandt House Museum

Kandt House Museum, the former Natural History Museum is located at KN 90 St, around one kilometer from downtown. This museum is formerly well known as Natural History Museum (NHM). Its name as NHM was changed into Kandt House Museum since December, 17th 2017.

At the present moment, Kandt House Museum comprises three main parts:

·         The first part presents Rwandan life in all its aspects (social, economic, and politically: monarchism) before the colonial period.

·         In the second part, which is the biggest one, the museum traces experience of Rwandan people during the colonial period, more specifically under the German rule from 1884 (the time of Berlin conference), throughout colonial administration, World War I, few to mention; up to 1916, including Richard Kandt life and his deeds in Rwanda.

·         Another attractive gallery is the third part where the history of Kigali; Kigali before colonial time, during colonial, and its naissance as capital city, is well presented.

Last but not least, it is the only remaining mark of the former Natural History Museum, that is; a temporary exhibition of live snakes, and a baby crocodile (measured 1 m in 2017). While visiting this external part, one can enjoy the view of spectacular surrounding scenery, most importantly, stunning view of Kigali, Shyorongi, and Jari mountains.

Opening hours

Open daily from 08:00 to 17:00
Closed on 7th April
Closed 11am to 6pm on Umuganda days (the last Saturday of the month)

Kandt House Museum gallery

Planning to visit museum? Look at the timetable for the upcoming exbitions