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

Avenue du General de Gaulle | Bp 3115, Libreville, Gabon
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Small but some excellent exhibits- necessary to have a guide

It’s a very small museum but some of the exhibits are really fascinating. There are some very nice... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
ES442
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New York City, New York
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What a pleasant surprise!

My expectations going in were pretty low as some of the other reviews painted the place quite... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
DoraNotTheExplorer
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Libreville, Gabon
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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.
  • Excellent14%
  • Very good47%
  • Average21%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible9%
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“object” (2 reviews)
“collection” (2 reviews)
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Avenue du General de Gaulle | Bp 3115, Libreville, Gabon
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

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...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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!...More

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Reviewed 8 May 2018

The museum is small but really well designed and has a collection of great pieces not vew anywhere else.Definitively, stop by.

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Reviewed 18 March 2018

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...More

1  Thank Eric D
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Reviewed 21 June 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.

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Reviewed 7 December 2016

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...More

1  Thank _Mags_NL
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Reviewed 8 October 2016

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...More

1  Thank Mimose67
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Reviewed 18 August 2016

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...More

1  Thank BruMex29
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Reviewed 5 March 2016 via mobile

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.

1  Thank Samuel C
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Reviewed 8 November 2015

We visited the museum by ourselves but it would have been much more meaningful and interesting if we had done it with a guide. Unfortunately, we did not have much time.

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