The Kigali Genocide Memorial includes three permanent exhibitions, the largest of which documents the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. There is also a children’s memorial and an exhibition on the history of genocidal violence around the world. The Education Centre, Gardens, and Genocide Archive of R

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Kigali is the capital city of Rwanda, roughly in the center of the country. It sprawls across numerous hills, ridges and valleys, and has a vibrant restaurant and nightlife scene. The Kigali Genocide Memorial documents the 1994 mass killings in Rwanda, associated with the country’s civil war. The city’s Caplaki Crafts Village has stalls selling traditionalhandicrafts, including woodcarvings and woven baskets.

On the city's fringes, the Presidential Palace Museum is set in the former home of President Juvenal Habyarimana, whose plane was shot down in 1994. The museum, with its many rooms and secret passages, gives insight into the president's life. There are also parts of the ill-fated jet. In the former residence of German pioneer Dr. Richard Kandt, the Natural History Museum is dedicated to native plants and animals. Contemporary African sculptures, paintings and installations are showcased at the Inema Arts Center. The city is a jumping-off point for trips to Volcanoes National Park, known for its resident mountain gorillas.

Kigali is a year-round destination. May–Aug is the most popular time to visit. Days are mild to warm most of the year, and it’s rainiest Sep–May. The weeklong Rwanda Film Festival (Jul) features screenings of African and international films. The Kigali UP music festival (Jul) draws crowds for blues, pop and reggae concerts. African designer clothes are showcased during Kigali Fashion Week (Jun/Jul) and Rwanda Cultural Fashion Show (Sep).