Top 5 reasons you should visit the Rwanda’s Ethnographic Museum located in Huye
The country’s history and heritage are very important aspects that create an identity and singularity for citizens and the county as well.
Similarly, Rwanda is among the countries with rich history that date back to the monarch before colonists outbreak, during colonialism and post-colonial times. But the history has for long not been explored enough in order to generate revenue for the national treasury through creating both awareness on both local and international visitors.
Indeed,unlike in some countries where historical sites and heritages have been a central aspect of cultural tourism, Rwanda has not been privileged to adopt it especially local people.
It’s not because Rwandans don’t want to know but sometimes awareness is very low.
But in this article, we are encouraging people to visit the Rwanda’ Ethnographic Museum which located in the former Butare, actual Huye district. It encompasses an exclusive demonstration of Rwanda’s traditional heritage.
Briefly, the museum was proposed by the Belgium’s King Badouin in the late 1980s, and later inaugurated officially on September 18, 1989.
It was named the “National Museum of Rwanda” because it was the only Museum that could be found on the land until 2007.
It houses perhaps the finest ethnographic and archaeological collections in Rwanda as well as East Africa with more than 10,000 artefacts divided in Seven galleries displaying historical, ethnographic, artistic, and archaeological artefacts with accompanying visual aids, providing visitors with a comprehensive understanding of Rwandan culture.
After that brief, the below are the absolute reasons you should visit this museum for exploring distinguishing impressions.
1. Exhausting your curiosity about Rwandan traditional lifestyle
Firstly, when you enter the Museum, you begin with its geographical and geological displays that could blow your mind away. You also discover different crafts used in various sectors of ancient life such as agriculture, livestock, apiculture, hunting [ like an amazing leopard trap], fishery, basketry, pottery and carpentry.
It also shows the traditional clothing and ornaments vis-a-vis the famous traditional Intore dancers, as well as different ancient ways of living including social organisation which reflect how Rwandan people lived.
2. Acquiring general knowledge about country’s history and heritage as well
The Museum has the most attractive cultural heritage that every Rwanda and foreign national have to keep in his memory . For Example, the museum displays the chronology of Rwandan Kings [Abami], from the first king, Gihanga I Ngomijana to the end of monarchy rule. It also show the chronology of Presidents since Rwanda became a republic.
You will find metallurgy, traditional religious rituals, social ceremonies such as marriage and music.
3. Looking at the majestic building of the Ethnographic Museum which is itself is impressive
The building that houses the museum is the work of a Belgian architect and ethnologist Lode Van Pee, and is worth a visit itself. The roof, for instance, is supposed to reflect the polyrhythm of the drums. The traditional motifs embedded in the masonry are reminiscent of shields, pots, baskets. Getting inside, there are good traditional houses [huts] which show how ancient houses looked like.
4. The charge of visit is as low as free
Sometimes, people hesitate to visit the Museum thinking the charge is higher. Surprisingly, it charges only Rwf700 to visit the museum and have a glimpse on everything . Specially, Rwandan students are very empowered to visit it as the museum looks to package the young generation with understanding on the history of the country. A student can only be charged only Rwf500 and students can be discounted when they come in groups like a class.
5. The Museum can help you to relax and refresh
Apart from satisfying curiosity and educating you, this is the very place that helps you to refresh your mind especially for those who have been exhausted by work. It has other offerings including providing venues( a beautiful garden)for wedding and other civil events.
Moreover, visiting the museum doesn’t only serve to an individual but the community in general. Once you visit it, you will feel to share information to others to encourage them come to learn the history and unique heritage.