Musée des Arts et Traditions du Gabon (Museum of Art and Culture)

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Musée des Arts et Traditions du Gabon (Museum of Art and Culture)

Musée des Arts et Traditions du Gabon (Museum of Art and Culture)
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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.
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Promesse39
London, UK25 contributions
A touch of culture or an "underdeveloped" touristic outlet
Jul 2018 • Family
I went there looking for map of Africa pendants a friend wanted me to bring back for them back in the UK. I did not find the pendants I was after but the plac eis worth a visit. They have interesting pieces to show. I loved the traditional gears for dances and ceremonies The place is very small and fails to capitalise on its uniqueness on the Gabonese cultural scene. It could be bigger to say the least but very fascinating pieces on show so it is worth a visit.
Written August 21, 2018
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ES442
Barcelona, Spain382 contributions
Small but some excellent exhibits- necessary to have a guide
May 2018 • Solo
It’s a very small museum but some of the exhibits are really fascinating. There are some very nice dance costumes and masks. It’s absolutely necessary to have a guide to explain each piece. There are no written explanations. I hired the guide at the museum and his English was very good and he kindly took the time to answer all of my questions. I spent about an hour and a half at the museum because I had so many questions. If you were not able to obtain a guide, I think you’d be through it in 15-20 minutes. You are not supposed to take photos in the museum as they want you to buy their (very overpriced) post cards (which I did, despite taking a couple of photos).
Written June 18, 2018
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DoraNotTheExplorer
Libreville, Gabon1 contribution
What a pleasant surprise!
May 2018 • Solo
My expectations going in were pretty low as some of the other reviews painted the place quite harshly, but I was happy to notice that they’re making continuous efforts to improve the experience of each visitor. Their collection of unique masks and relics is amazing! It's even more amazing to hear the story behind each object and have it being placed back into it's context historically, culturally and theologically. As a Gabonese myself, I have to admit that I went in with a lot of misconceptions, and I came out better informed, educated and with a renewed sense of pride towards my culture, my country and my continent as a whole. The visit will cost you 2000 FCFA without a guide and 3000 FCFA with a guide (which I highly recommend). Ps: Ask for Axel the guide, he is simply brilliant!
Written May 24, 2018
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nomade123
San Francisco, CA198 contributions
Worth a visit
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, Canada98 contributions
It's open
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 Africa638 contributions
TheSouthAfricanreview
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, Angola268 contributions
Not enough information
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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D X
Africa54 contributions
Ridiculous place!
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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BruMex29
Brussels, Belgium66 contributions
Interesting only if you get the guided tour
Aug 2016 • Friends
Interesting little museum (don't expect the louvre...) good selection of masks and traditional Gabonese costumes. Almost no explanations on the walls or in the masks (and only in french) so get the guided tour. People complained about the tour guide, the one we got was really nice, don't expect them to be overly happy, this is not how people are here.
Written August 18, 2016
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Samuel C
30 contributions
Small but interesting
Mar 2016
Very small museum. But interesting to check out. I'd recommend. Very close from city center. Right off the shore. I had very nice guide explaining in English.
Written March 5, 2016
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