Musée National des Arts et Traditions du Gabon

Musée National des Arts et Traditions du Gabon

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Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Featuring an unrivaled collection of masks, the Musée des Arts et Traditions du Gabon is essential viewing for visitors to Libreville.
Libreville, Gabon

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Stany_VE
Geraardsbergen, Belgium210 contributions
Aug 2014 • Solo
I paid an extra 1000 CFA for a guide and she told stories about every object. The old decorated gorilla skull was impressive!

I learned a few surprising things about rites and other cultural events.
Written August 13, 2014
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tiger2669
Bruges, Belgium189 contributions
Dec 2012 • Couples
You should visit the museum if you are in Libreville and have sometime, you will find some of that Africa region history, bit nothing special as a lot in Libreville
Written November 4, 2013
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Ameya V
Pune, India33 contributions
Jun 2014 • Business
It's all a little run-down, but expect to see a lot of local arts and handicrafts. Lot of Gabon masks, local musical instruments and a good way to spend an hour learning a little more about the local culture. Get a guide if you can.
Written March 13, 2015
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Micha H
4 contributions
No ambition whatsoever. There is some tragic here as well. When I was there last time (I keep hoping for improvement..) they had a traditional Gabonese mask exhibit. Though what they showed was not that bad, there was little to no explanation. The painful part was at the end where they showed a DVD of a stunning exhibit of Gabonese masks... in France... cultural heritage left the country...
Written January 18, 2012
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D X
Africa54 contributions
Jun 2016 • Solo
Just ridiculous, considering the richness of gabonese culture (let's remember that Fang's art inspired European artists such as Picasso...). You must be lucky enough to find a "special exhibition", otherwise the museum is a display of a bunch of masks and other objects, with no explanation of their use, or of the general context in which they are used. Nothing about the history, the languages, the Culture of the country. The most ridiculous piece is under a glass, it was...a shell (see picture), one of those you find along LBV beach during a walk! More interesting is the outside, with a display of contemporary statues. As a bonus, no taxi drivers knows where it is (but they know the Shell building which is just in front...).
Written October 8, 2016
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twcsingapore
Singapore, Singapore70 contributions
Jun 2012 • Friends
We walked past it once and thought it was a building under renovation. We returned after being told that the museum still exists. It comprised of a rubbish-strewn courtyard and the areas opened to the public is nothing more than a small floor and a mezzanine floor next to it. One finds a few pieces of contemporary and mixed media art pieces incorporating traditional Gabonese masks. These pieces are all very ordinary and one finds a much better range of Gabonese art at the artist market 500m away. This is such a shame considering that Gabon is supposed to be an oil-rich country with substantial resources.
Written July 29, 2012
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nomade123
San Francisco, CA198 contributions
May 2018 • Solo
The museum is small but really well designed and has a collection of great pieces not vew anywhere else.Definitively, stop by.
Written May 8, 2018
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Eric D
Toronto, Canada100 contributions
Jan 2018 • Couples
Based on the Bradt guide and other people we had met, we weren't expecting that the museum would actually be open. But it was in fact open. Some of the rooms are under renovation and off-limits; but what is in display is in pretty good condition and much more than I thought. The staff person provided a tour (no extra cost, although we did tip). The tour (and the signage) is in French.
Written March 18, 2018
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tsareviews
Cape Town Central, South Africa641 contributions
Jun 2017
Great place to find rich cultural heritage of Gabon. We learned a lot from the friendly patron who could speak a little English and managed to get through most of the exhibits.
Written June 21, 2017
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_Mags_NL
Luanda, Angola283 contributions
Dec 2016 • Business
There is an interesting video showing the different cultural dances of Gabon in which people wear some of the masks and costumes on display. However, all the exhibits just have a label saying what it is e.g. "Religious relic" "Mask from x province" but not what they are for, or what the belief behind it is. People are happy to show you around pointing at and reading out labels but they were not able to answer any of my questions. More masks and more information is available if you talk to the people at the artisanal market.
Written December 7, 2016
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