Karongi Environmental Museum boosted with natural history objects

On 17 October 2017 at 08:24

The Institute of National Museums of Rwanda (INMR) has relocated different historical and geological objects from Natural History Museum (Kandt House) in Kigali to the Karongi District based Environmental Museum.

The museum was established in 2015, focusing on renewable and non-renewable energy.

In the first phase, the ministry relocated different animal mummies of crocodiles, snakes, birds, monkeys, butterflies, zebra and gorillas among other animals found in Rwandan parks.

Also relocated are minerals like aluminum, colta, wolfram among others found in Rwanda.

The museum consists of three components; the first for energy, the second for animals and mining and the third for plants like trees and herbs used for traditional healing

Speaking at the event last week, the Minister for Sports and Culture, Julienne Uwacu said that new objects will help boost visitors.

“Increasing objects will also help to increase visitors” she said adding that students will be able to visit the museum and see what they learn in theory.

She said that the more people visit the museum the more they will understand the importance of environmental conservation.

The Environmental Museum head, Andrew Ndabaga said that 20,000 people used to visit the museum per year and optimistic that the number will increase following new changes.

“People are attracted to different aspects; someone who will not understand energy affairs will visit animals section or minerals or gardens,” he said.

INMR will also relocate snakes currently located in Natural History Museum.