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“See it before it closes for renovations; worth the trip.”

Royal Museum for Central Africa
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Reviewed 8 July 2013

Yes, it's a schlep from the center of town, but it's worth it.
* Beautiful park-like surroundings, beautiful building, and incredible holdings from the Congo.
* They DO have audio-guides available in English (I wasn't 100% sure from their website whether or not they offered English, in addition to French and Dutch). The English audio-guide is a bit sparse, relative to what you might expect at other museums, but at least it's something. Very few of the labels around the museum are in English, so the audio-guide is really indispensable.
* Our 8-year-old daughter loved the children's activity booklet that accompanied the exhibits. We paid a few extra euros for the booklet, but she loved going from room to room, activity book in hand, searching for the answers to the questions in the book.
* Very nice cafe with tasty African-inspired cuisine.
* The museum doesn't do a whole lot to come to terms with Belgium's blood-stained history in the Congo -- but I hope that the renovations, which are scheduled to begin later this year, will make serious amends in this direction.
* Bottom line: Very worthwhile museum with amazing artifacts.

4  Thank dnelson288
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Reviewed 18 June 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.

2  Thank BennyMalaga
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Reviewed 25 March 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.

2  Thank BodieBroadus
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Reviewed 23 March 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.

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Reviewed 11 March 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.

Thank JullyTheTraveller
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