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

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A touch of culture or an "underdeveloped" touristic outlet

I went there looking for map of Africa pendants a friend wanted me to bring back for them back in... read more

Reviewed 21 August 2018
London, United Kingdom
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 18 June 2018
Barcelona, Spain
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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.
Avenue du General de Gaulle | Bp 3115, Libreville, Gabon
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Reviewed 21 August 2018

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...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 18 June 2018 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

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed 24 May 2018

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

Date of experience: May 2018
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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.

Date of experience: May 2018
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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

Date of experience: January 2018
1  Thank ericdsouzatravel
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.

Date of experience: June 2017
1  Thank tsareviews
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

Date of experience: December 2016
1  Thank _Mags_NL
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

Date of experience: June 2016
1  Thank Mimose67
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

Date of experience: August 2016
1  Thank BruMex29
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.

Date of experience: March 2016
1  Thank Samuel C
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