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“Africa closer that You can imagine! :)” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Afrika Museum

Afrika Museum
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Owner description: The Africa Museum is a museum about people located in the wooded hills of Berg en Dal near Nijmegen. It has both indoor and outdoor exhibits, with regularly changing temporary exhibitions and permanent displays of traditional African objects and its large collection of contemporary African art. Objects that reflect the customs and traditions of different African peoples. They tell stories about universal human themes like mourning, celebration, ornamentation, prayer, conflict; stories that inspire visitors to find out more about the huge cultural diversity to be found in the world.
Oxford, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Africa closer that You can imagine! :)”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2014

Our visit there was excellent.
At the reception they accept Euro<26 student cards, so You have cheaper entrance with it. Inside really nice stuff from all over the African continent. Outside plantation of fruits and veggies from Africa, african village and everything that You should see.
Great events during the weekends in the summer - I was there at Ghana night - amazing drum performance!
If You like Africa - You must see African Museum in Berg en Dal!

Visited July 2013
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London
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Shame it rained”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2013

I found out about this museum via the Black Heritage Tours website. So put it on the agenda for our trip to Amsterdam. It is about 2 hours outside of Amsterdam via train direct to Nijmegen.
€36 return then take the number 3 bus from Nijmegen bus station which is right outside. It leave at :53 and :27 it is a mini bus so it is easy to miss it amongst all the large buses so walk up and down until you spot it. We nearly missed at as it was sitting behind the large bus and only when it was about to drive off I managed to spot it and stop it.
The fare is €3 single no returns available.
The bus ride is about 25 mins and takes you right to the museum as well as serving the local community. It only seats about 8 persons. Seatbelts must be worn so standing is not an option.
Inside it is like any other modern museum. Toilets are downstairs with a clockroom for bags etc.

The musuem is in Dutch which as disappointing but not surprising. There was one english programme but there was the option to hire an audio tour €1.50.

My first impression on entering the museum was disappointment at all the offensive images used in advertising over the ages, I also couldn't work out why there was a model of Michael Jackson in the display case along with other images of African/Black people.

Further along there were artifacts dipicting religious icons, voodoo and the like, but as I could not read the inscriptions not sure why these were on display. The audio didn't give a clear idea as it was discussing the artifacts from an art perspective rather than historical.

Further along the museum had images which as my friend pointed out bordered on voyeurism. For example why is a life size model of a naked African/Black Woman on display?

In other rooms there are examples of African modern art as well as artifacts from different African customs/cultures on display.

Outside there are depictions of different African Villages, clearly not how Africa looks today, however, my friend and I found this area to be the best part of the museum. Although due to the rain it made it difficult to fully appreciate the area as it was a quick walk round but should we come back I would spend more time in this area to appreciate the look and feel of the different villages. The audio provided interesting narrative about the different buildings. It must be amazing in the summer months.

All in all I am glad that we made the trip I would come back again and spend longer as we only had 90mins as we arrived after 3pm and the last bus leaves at 17:27 back to the station otherwise is it a long walk or expensive cab ride back.

Visited October 2013
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Arnhem, The Netherlands
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55 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Afrika as it is”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 28, 2013

This museum shows Afrika as it is. There is a indoor museum which shows artifacts and african art, both modern as ancient.
The outdoor museum shows several buildings from the different tribes. Great for kids as there are a lot of activities for them to do.

Visited March 2013
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Nuenen, The Netherlands
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“valuable place”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2012

This museum in the southern part of The Netherlands, is an excellent one to get good impressions of that part of Africa that is on exhibition. Hope it will continue as a lot of museums suffer the Dutch credit crises. September/ October: collect chestnuts in the garden: good food.

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Nijmegen, Gelderland, Netherlands
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29 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Nice museum”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2012

Shows you many typical huts of africa and inside there are a lot of artifacts.
The drum lessons are nice.

It was cool pretending you are in Africa when there is alot of snow around and then send it to your friends, telling them you did not expect africa to be so cold.
Sometimes you have african coocking lessons.

Visited December 2011
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