Soul of Africa Museum

Soul of Africa Museum, Essen: Address, Soul of Africa Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

Soul of Africa Museum
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greshnoflibops
Alkmaar, The Netherlands33 contributions
Might be a very nice Museum but it is closed!
Sep 2019
As far as we could acertain this mueum is closed for at least a year so well into 2020. There is no mention of this on the web site which is really poor. We had decided on a visit to Essen in part because of this museum and were very dissapointed to find out it was closed when we got there.
Written September 29, 2019
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Maireee
Duisburg13 contributions
Best museum I have ever been to
Feb 2019
Fascinating, non-judgemental, informed. Best museum tour I have ever done. What I saw and heard is still with me.
Written April 5, 2019
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Martha G
17 contributions
do not miss it
Jun 2018 • Family
There are some interesting things in Essen to see, but you should not miss this one. I first thought that 8 Euro for 50 m2 was too much - you can see Folkwang museum for free - but at the end, it was the best museum tour I've ever had. We heard so many detailed and exciting stories about every exhibit, that we didn't notice that we were there for over 3 hours. I would do this again. It was like diving into an unknown culture. We were not allowed to take photos but there are some good postcards for 1 Euro each to help us refresh our memory.
Written June 21, 2018
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Lizara K
Seoul195 contributions
Excellent
Sep 2017 • Couples
This is a fairly small museum, but it's packed with artifacts and you could easily spend a couple of hours there if you want to hear all the stories. Make sure to have someone working there show you around as there's not much explanation otherwise and you'll miss out on all the wonderful stories. Be sure to ask about the story of the altar. The museum is absolutely unique in Germany and probably in Europe and it's not to be missed.

I'm giving the museum four stars instead of five for two reasons. The first is an unfortunate no photo rule. There were so many interesting pieces here and I would have liked to have some record to look back on in the future and remember the stories we heard. The second reason is that I felt the entrance fee of 8 euros per person was a bit steep for a museum that only consists of three small rooms and a closet, especially considering that many much larger museums in Germany cost less.
Written September 27, 2017
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Diane B
Essen, Germany24 contributions
Personal and fascinating
May 2017 • Family
This museum is small, open at odd hours, it is worth going to see things you won t find anywhere else. The owner has lived in Africa for years, authored several books, he was kind enough to offer a walk through with us and answered questions.
Written May 23, 2017
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europaman
Oslo, Norway41 contributions
Do not miss out on this one!
Jan 2016 • Friends
Not knowing what to expect we had booked the "tour" or as I better call it a history telling. The subject is centered around Voodoo which in itself may turn off some people. However, to get a first hand report from an expert will soon turn your scepticism into curiosity and awe. Yes, you can see the many artifacts on your own but the story behind is what is so fascinating. Henning Christoph does a fabulous job in explaining the rareties and extraordinary items on hand. This museum has some unique cultural gems that you will not see anywhere else. Be prepared for a small place but be open- minded to wander among the bizarre, obscure yet phantastic figures, masks, carvings, and the altar. Highly highly recommend.
Written January 26, 2016
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not2shy
Luneburg, Germany77 contributions
Book a guided tour with the owner and check the homepage for special occasions
May 2015 • Friends
The Museum is small, but it offers a fully equipped Mama Wata altar, a twin-shrine and many more objects. Without a guided tour, you will miss the best. The owner is a good storyteller and he has deep insight into the west African voodoo culture. He speaks English and is happy to share his knowledge. This year he opens a larger museum to show more of his vast collection. Compared to the museum in Straßburg, the Essen Museum was far more interesting.
Written June 20, 2015
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