Famous Places In Rwanda: Presidential Palace Museum in Kigali


Famous Places In Rwanda:Presidential Palace Museum in Kigali

  • The house, four kilometres away from Kigali International Airport and a stone’s throw from the debris of the plane that killed Habyarimana on April 6, 1994, has a modern architectural design, and is an illustration of extreme wealth, Presidential Palace Museum is one of the Famous Places In Rwanda.

  • The site is now a Famous Places In Rwanda national museum that attracts an average of 400 tourists per day. The high frequency of tourists is driven by curiosity to witness the very house where the inner circle (Akazu) sat and planned the genocide.
  • Famous Places In Rwanda is the palace that  was turned into a museum as part of the national healing process. “I know it evokes bad memories for victims,” says Alphonse Umuliisa, Director General of Rwanda Museums. “It is not far from the truth.
  • “We preserve cultural history to build the future for both social and economic wellbeing of the community,” he adds.
  • Indeed, at the entrance of this magnificent presidential palace, there is a banner with an inscription: “Discover your Museums. Cherish your culture.”

  • Christine Mbabazi, a tour guide at the Presidential Palace Museum points out that the first lady’s office was on the right while the president’s was on the left.
  • At the entrance to the president’s office, chairs are lined up in the corridor. Some have been sealed to stop guests from sitting on them, lest they wear out. It is here that guests waited as the president attended to other duties.
  • From his office on the ground floor, one is ushered into a spacious family sitting room which is now decorated with pictures, paintings, wood carvings, furniture and artifacts showing the culture of Rwandans dating back to the 1960s.
  • A closer look at the pictures shows that status in society dictated the type of wear. The married, wealthy, ruling class and the missionaries dressed differently. The images also depict ancient hair styles. King Yuhi V. Musinga’s picture stands out prominently.
  • The wood carvings display activities a traditional Rwandan used to engage in; digging, dancing and hunting, cooking and ancient Rwandan eating ceremonies.
  • The master bedroom upstairs was built with security in mind. Sound sensors line the stairs as one climbs to the bedroom surrounded by a large balcony that can be accessed from all sides of the bedroom.Famous Places In Rwanda
  • Every time he switched on the sensors while in his bedroom, the president was able to detect the distance someone was from his bedroom.
  • In the bedroom, a six by six wooden bed without a mattress is positioned close to the expensive glass table supported by gigantic elephant-foot legs. Another sign the president loved style.