Ethnographic Museum Rwanda is the finest ethnographic collection in Africa. The ethnographic has a number of galleries which display ethnographic, historical, artistic and archaeological artifacts this is accompanied by visual aids; this gives visitors a rich insight into the Rwanda culture.
The exhibition is open with geographical and geological displays thus moving on different items which are used for hunting, animal husbandry, agriculture, weaving, pottery and woodwork.
The traditional cloths and architectural ways are also illustrated; this is as well as social importance of cattle’s.
The royal herd can be seen this day at Kings Palace in the nearby Nyanza. The final room reveals traditional customs, history, poetry, culture and oral tradition.
There is high regarded crafts center which opens on daily bases at 8am to 6pm
Ethnographic Museum is the sixth Museum that makes up the institute of National Museums of Rwanda.
Ethnographic Museum is referred to as the National Museum, located in Butare town which is 130km south of Kigali capital city.
The Museum was built in 1980s, it was designed and concept realized in co-operation which is a Royal Museum for central Africa of Belgium.
The Museum was untouched during the Rwanda genocide of 1994 civil war. There many information centers talking about the information, history of Rwanda and the nearby region leading boasting as the most ethnographic Museum of East Africa reflecting how East Africa Kingdoms came into reflection with Europeans.
The Museum is situated on 20 hectares of land; this takes about 9000 square meters of land while the rest of land is occupied with gardens that are vegetarians with traditional craft training center.
There seven rooms of the Museum that unveils pre historical knowledge presenting the chronology of the kings, metals and alloys, marriage and indigenous music collections.