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“Very Far From the Center of Town”

Royal Museum for Central Africa
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Malaga, Spain
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“Very Far From the Center of Town”
Reviewed June 18, 2013

We took a taxi to this museum and it cost us 45 euros. I did not realize how far it was from the center of town. The museum has good architecture and there are good dioramas with stuffed animals. I would have liked to see more of the culture of the Congo.

Going back we took the tram and then the metro.

Visited June 2013
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New Jersey, US
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“Worth the schlep”
Reviewed March 25, 2013

This museum is a bit of a hall from the center city, albeit much of the journey is by tram through greenery and villas, i.e., rather pleasant scenery. The museum is big and modernizing, but still has plenty of the old, viz., lovable wildlife dioramas. Also an historical exhibit which seemed pretty balanced except that mortality/casualties from forced labor seemed under-emphasized. Also lots of great African art, a cool Congo River display replete with wildlife and rapids sounds, and an impressively HUGE dugout.

Visited March 2013
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Lulea, Sweden
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“Check it out before the huge renovation!”
Reviewed March 23, 2013

The museum is a quite big distance from the city centre but very well connected from the Montgomery station.

Located in a beautiful park, must be very scenic during late spring and early summer.

The museum contains a great deal of exhibits from Central Africa, letting us know a bit better what is the reality of people living in that region: their habits, traditions, surrounding area.

A separate part of museum is showing a historical reality of colonisation of Congo and it's way to liberty.

They are also holding a temporary exhibition of tropical spiders and scorpios, but if it is not your cup of tea, you can tour without missing any other part of museum but this one.

At cafeteria there is a chance to purchase a warm tea from central Africa. Naturally fair-trade.

Check the news on the website because the museum is closing somewhere around summer for a 2 year renovation.

A very unique place, I wanna come back there after it gets refreshed and see the new materials.

Visited March 2013
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Tallinn, Estonia
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“Lovely park, old-style collection”
Reviewed March 11, 2013

Although the museum looks quite outdated, it´s still lovely in its own way. The outdoors setting is really nice. I visited the place in February and it looked somehow truly majestic and grand with grey-cloud and gloomy background. The building of the Palace of the Colonies is really nice and the park around Musee de l´Afrique is also very lovely. I´m planning to visit the place in summer - I believe it will be especially pretty.

The museum itself is located in the grand old building. The collection is impressive, but definitely needs some update. The signs are in French and Flamish only, therefore requiring at least some knowledge of either language. Although I don´t like stuffed animals etc, the ones in museum were quite interesting. There´s a good collection introducing the history of Congo and some self-critical materials on the issue of Belgian colonization of Congo.

There´s a small cafeteria in the museum. Not much for the choice and quite pricey.

From my point of view, the place is well worth a visit. I really liked it.

Visited February 2013
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Chicago, Illinois
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“visit soon before another treasure of the past bites the dust”
Reviewed February 18, 2013

I had the pleasure of making the interesting but out of the way visit to this museum in spring 2012. I arrived 2 hours before closing thinking i'd have time to see it all but I was truly blown away by the ornate beauty of the building itself and the charming old fashiondness of the collections. It was more than atrip to a museum , it was like actually stepping back in time. They had a cafe that looked straight out of Africa and I promised myself next time in Brussels I'd make time for a snack break in the lovely atmospheric surroundings. They also had some good temporary exhibits but walking the grand hallways itself was alone worth the trip. I was thinking of a trip back this year and was beyond disappointed to find that this treasure will be permanently closed by mid 2013 for modernization all the unique collections will be replaced by a bunch of ultra modern stuff in an amazing new glass building almost as charming as the average airport. I imagine most of the collection will just be a collection of computer terminals. If you have the chance visit soon , otherwise it might not be worth the journey.

Visited April 2012
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