National Museum of Gitega

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The exterior of the museum, pictured in 2007

The National Museum of Gitega (French: Musée National de Gitega, Kirundi: Iratiro ry'akaranga k'Uburundi) is the national museum of Burundi. It is located in Gitega and was founded under Belgian colonial rule in 1955.[1] The museum is the largest of Burundi's public museums although its collection is displayed in a single room.[2] In 2014, it averaged 20–50 visitors per week.[3]

Founded by the Belgian rulers of Burundi in 1955, the museum was intended to preserve artefacts from Burundian folk culture which were declining as a result of modernisation and social change. The museum's collection includes ethnographic and historical objects originating in the country, including artefacts from the court of the Burundian monarchs.[3] The lack of funds has meant that the museum has made few recent acquisitions.[3]

In 2015, a catalogue of the museum's collection was published with the support of the German Embassy in Burundi entitled Le Patrimoine Burundais: le Musée de Gitega.[4]


  1. ^ Burundi - Libraries and museums( Archived October 2, 2013, at the Wayback Machine)
  2. ^ "Musée national de Gitega". Lonely Planet. Retrieved 5 January 2017.
  3. ^ a b c Irambona, Yvette. "Musée national de Gitega: Etat des lieux". Publication de Presse Burundaise. Retrieved 5 January 2017.
  4. ^ "Un livre pour immortaliser la richesse du Musée national de Gitega". IWACU: Voix du Burundi. 25 January 2015. Retrieved 5 January 2017.

Coordinates: 3°25′06″S 29°54′31″E / 3.418236°S 29.908485°E / -3.418236; 29.908485