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Ethnographic Museum

A gift from Belgium’s King Badouin in the late 1980s, the Ethnographic Museum now houses one of Africa’s finest ethnographic collections.

Seven galleries display historical, ethnographic, artistic and archaeological artefacts accompanied by visual aides, giving visitors a rich insight into the Rwandan culture.

The exhibits open with geographical and geological displays, moving on to items used in hunting, agriculture, animal husbandry, pottery, weaving and woodwork.

Traditional clothing and architectural methods are also illustrated, as well as the social importance of cattle. Descendants of the royal herd can be seen to this day at the King’s Palace in nearby Nyanza.

The final room reveals traditional customs and beliefs, history, culture, poetry and oral tradition and cosmology.

There’s also a highly regarded craft centre on site.

Good to know

National Museums

The Ethnographic Museum is one of the six museums that make up the Institute of National Museums of Rwanda

Alternative Name

The Ethnographic Museum was previously referred to as the National Museum