Musée National du Congo (National Museum of Congo)

Musée National du Congo (National Museum of Congo), Brazzaville: Address, Phone Number, Musée National du Congo (National Museum of Congo) Reviews: 4/5

Musée National du Congo (National Museum of Congo)

Musée National du Congo (National Museum of Congo)
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Founded in 1965, the Musée National du Congo features a collection of Congolese art and historical artifacts.
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OnwardTraveller
Southampton, UK815 contributions
Quirky
Aug 2019 • Solo
Barely a national museum, more a small showcase for Brazza with a few display boards about him. The mausoleum downstairs was off-limits on my visit. Worth 10 minutes if you are in the area.
Written 30 August 2019
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Kevin M
Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo2 contributions
Nice places
Nov 2018 • Business
i recommend trying these places. Musée National tells most about the colonial era with de Brazza's outstanding statue. In the same area you'ill find banks and shops among which Casino tops the list. From this place you can head to la Corniche for a walk and breathe some fresh air from Congo's river.
Written 10 December 2018
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Craig H
Harvest, AL211 contributions
A must see, but . . . .
Mar 2018 • Solo
This is a must see for Brazzaville, but it is also a little disappointing. The information inside could be gotten almost entirely off wikipedia. A first class museum could create some really nice exhibits, even though space is limited.
Written 10 March 2018
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agusticassa
Girona, Spain1 514 contributions
I expected a little more, although it's not bad
Feb 2018 • Solo
I expected a little more, although not bad, the city, although beautiful, does not have great monuments or spectacular museums, this monument / museum is architecturally beautiful and well made in itself, and the exhibition of the French explorers who gave name to the city with Vintage photos are very good, although it is a bit short, with very little information.
Written 6 February 2018
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mudausandra
Abuja, Nigeria68 contributions
French-Italian explorer Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza
Sep 2017 • Family
We learnt about the life of French-Italian explorer Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza and it's a beautiful and elegant dome-shaped construction built from white marble.
Written 22 January 2018
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A E
Little Rock, AR3 contributions
Worth it for weirdness
Sep 2016 • Couples
Pierre Savagnon de Brazza was an Italian officer in the French Navy when he decided that France needed colonies in Central Africa. So he set off to the north bank of the Congo river, entered into a treaty with a local chief, and presented his fait accompli to the government of France, which eventually accepted the deal. The "Congo Free State" of Belgian King Leopoldo was across the river.

Exploitation, brutality, and cruelty followed. Brazza was appointed head of a French commission to investigate the horrid conditions. After a visit to Brazzaville where the local authorities and business community offered zero cooperation, he sailed for home. He died on the way and was buried in Algiers. His report never saw the light of day.

But his corpse did. The government of Denis Sassou Nguesso had him exhumed and re buried in this mausoleum, complete with a Christ-like larger than life robed statue out in front.

So Brazza's image is now presented as a savior and blessed figure, rather than the land-grabber and imperialist he must have been.

Congo government is complicit in France's effort to portray its colonial enterprise as benevolent and humane. This complicity belies the millions that France -- Total and shipping companies -- continues to suck out of Congo each year. Not to mention the sums that flow to Sassoon Nguesso and his family each year.

So enjoy the weirdness, bot be aware of the reality.
Written 9 August 2017
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TroisChatsLies
Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo3 963 contributions
Free Museum
Nov 2016 • Family
This is a small museum, also known as the Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza Memorial. Admission is FREE, so it’s worth a visit. The lower level has the tombs of Savorgnan, his wife, his brothers and I think his children. The main level has photo exhibitions in French and English. Small but interesting.
Written 28 November 2016
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franawaits
Yola, Nigeria86 contributions
Very good and short cultural visit
Aug 2016 • Friends
I really liked this small museum, very well preserved and dedicated to the french-italian founder of the city of Brazzaville, Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza. Inside, several pictures and description praising the life of the explorer, whose remains were transported here after passing through Paris and Algiers, at the beginning of 1900. Access to the museum is possible throughout the day, free entrance or free offer upon exit.
Written 1 August 2016
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RafaelCarvalhoA
Brasilia, DF175 contributions
Wonderful place
Oct 2015 • Business
This is a wonderful place where we can know a little bit about Brazzaville's history. Inside on the bulding there are the remains of the Brazzaville founder. Outside there are an amazing garden with a statue of Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza.
Written 13 July 2016
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federico f
Piacenza344 contributions
Very interesting
Dec 2015 • Business
I found this mausoleum very interesting, especially as an Italian, because it's about a seldom remembered history. Plus, you can see how colonialism, with its many shortcomings, can be overcome and integrated as part of local history and pride. Congrats Congolese :-)
Written 26 December 2015
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