National Museum Butare

The National Museum of Butare was assembled in the early 1990s and is a virtuous source of information on the cultural past of Rwanda and its provinces. During the 1994 genocide, the Museum in Butare stayed undamaged. Butare is 135 Kilometers drive from Kigali and a visit can be organized as a day trip out of Kigali. The museum is just located on the road to Nyungwe forest national park.

This outstanding museum was donated to the city as a gift from Belgium in 1989 with some of ethnic collection, the fashion, and other concepts that all realized in 1990’s in cooperation with Royal Museum for central Africa of Tervuren, Belgium. The museum was to commemorate 25 years of independence in Rwanda.

Whereas the construction of the museum itself was surely one of the best-looking buildings in the city. The seven exhibition halls consist of good looking cultural items that are well displayed in different sections.

The museum is located in southern province of Rwanda near to Burundi can be found with the town of Butare just 1.5 kilometer away from the town.  Butare town lies 135 km from Kigali and a visit can be planned as a day choice excursion out of Kigali.  While your on your way Nyungwe National Park, you may stopover at the Butare museum,  Nyabisindu (Nyanza) is located 45 km from Butare and 90 km from Kigali.

Butare is a minor town in Rwanda with a calm atmosphere, and is popular as one of educational center of Rwanda, having been one of the first ever secondary school in 1928 and, since 1963, has been the site of Rwanda’s national university. Butare is famous for its historical museums comprising of the national museum of Rwanda and King’s Palace museum.

This National Museum in Butare was constructed in the early 1990s; the Museum of Rwanda was to provide good basis of data about the historical cultural of Rwanda and it is over and over again referred to as the best museum in East Africa.

The various subdivisions of the museum illustrate a wide-ranging collection of indistinguishable images, old relics and other items, implements and different man made items. Ethnographic items are gathered together rendering to the theme giving quality data on the day-to-day life of the Rwandans. Traditional ceramics and basketry are still manmade and belong to the best handicrafts of the region.

The first hall comprises of the museum shop. The second hall has geological presentations containing a huge relief map that portrays the topography of Rwanda as something similar to a crumpled piece of paper. The middle halls display things used in hunting, animal husbandry, weaving, agriculture, pottery and woodwork. The kagondo hut makes the focus of an exhibit on housing and living compounds in pre-colonial times. The final halls displays traditional clothing including an inside (wicker raincoat), pounded bark garments and goat-skin capes and information on Rwandan pre-history, comprising of interesting section on divination. There is also a side-hall used to house impermanent demonstrations.

The Museum is the acceptable and imitates well the time spirit before the closure of 19th Century when the East-African Kingdoms came in contact with the first Europeans.

The well-off intuitions about Rwanda’s traditional life and culture and the sequential historical developments add to an improved understanding of African history and should be obligated for everybody who’s fascinated in Africa.

Butare currently known as Huye is one of the biggest and most important city in Rwanda earlier to 1965, when it lost out to the more centrally situated Kigali, 135 km north of Rwanda,  as the capital of sovereign Rwanda.

Butare National Museum is the most protruding tourist attraction in Rwanda and holds feasibly the finest ethnographic serene works in East Africa. Enthralling exhibitions of traditional artifacts light up by striking range of turn-of-the-century monotonous pictures, given that the understanding not only demonstrates the pre-colonial lifestyles, but also consecutive development of Rwanda as a current African state.

Butare’s cultural implication is further underlined by a visit to nearby Nyabisindu, previously known as Nyanza, the traditional seat of Rwanda’s feudal kingdom.

The inspiring Royal Palace at Nyanza, a massive rounded building made out of traditional materials, has been systematically reestablished to its 19th century state and is now protected as a National Museum of Rwanda.





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