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Kandt House Museum in Kigali

Nestled atop the tranquil Nyarugenge Hill in Kigali, the Kandt House Museum is a splendid homage to Richard Kandt - the first colonial governor of Rwanda for Germany in the early 1900s. The museum, once the charming abode of Kandt himself, has since 2006 been transformed into a beacon of knowledge, cataloguing the natural history of this remarkable land.

With an unrivalled panorama of three majestic mountains - Mt Kigali, Mt Jali and Mt Shyorongi - and a stunning view of old Kigali city, the Kandt House Museum offers not just an enriching journey through time but also a feast for the senses.

The journey through this intriguing museum is as much a lesson in history as it is a tribute to the resilience of the Rwandan people. The first section of the museum offers an all-encompassing glimpse into Rwandan life prior to the colonial period, examining its social, economic, and political aspects.

This immersive exploration of history continues in the second part of the museum, where the focus shifts to the period of colonial rule that began after the Berlin Conference in 1884. Here, you'll delve into the life and times of Richard Kandt, navigating his deeds and tenure in Rwanda which lasted until 1916 when the Belgians, under the League of Nations Mandate, took over following the First World War.

The final section of the museum is dedicated to Kigali itself, tracking its evolution before, during, and after the colonial era. This city, rich in history and culture, was designated as the capital upon Rwanda's independence in 1962.

The Kandt House Museum goes beyond mere historical recounting, extending into the realm of natural history. It beautifully illustrates the evolution of life, flora and fauna of Rwandan Natural Parks (Nyungwe, Akagera and Volcanoes), and the geological foundation of Rwanda. Adding a touch of the exotic, there is even an exhibition of live reptiles, demonstrating the intrinsic connection between nature and history.

Whether you're a history enthusiast or a nature lover, the Kandt House Museum in Kigali is a remarkable testament to Rwanda's resilience and the shared history between Germany and Rwanda. It stands as a compelling invitation to explore and appreciate the rich tapestry of Rwandan history and its natural beauty.

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2 KN 90 St, Kigali, Rwanda
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