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“Cute Litte Museum”

Musee National de Bamako
Ranked #2 of 18 things to do in Bamako
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Reviewed 28 June 2014

As far as West African Museums go, this was pretty impressive! It was small, but nicely done with interesting artwork well displayed. There is also a cute cafe attached that had some good ginger juice.

Thank Nandita T
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Reviewed 3 June 2014

There are so much to see in Mali, and therefore many people don't hang around in Bamako too long. There are music scene and all, but again it's better to use most of your time for countryside of Mali.. like Djanne and Dogon County. But if you have some extra time to spend in Bamako, the museum is worth going. Considering how most museums are like in Africa, the one is very well built and maintained- with some interesting artefacts from the country's past. However, if you go to other areas in Mali, you will see and experience most of them firsthand, not in this limited museum viewing form.. and since I visited here on my last day after travelling the whole country for two weeks.. I wasn't blown by anything. But if you only have time to be in Bamako, it could be a nice introduction.

Thank kchae
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Reviewed 28 April 2014

The Museum located in the National Park has received significant funding from the Aga Khan Trust for Culture organisation to restore and preserve national artifacts. The new version of the museum, opened in July 2013, displays collection of wooden statues, masks, and textiles from Mali. The exhibits are well done and modern, in line with Western standards. The building itself represents mud construction throughout the country. Museum has a café and boutique.

A/C through the museum.

Note that explanations are in French only.

Entrance for foreigners: 2500 CFA

*Across from the museum, in a separate building, is a gallery with temporary exhibit, including paintings, carpets, or sculptures for sale.

Thank MarySL00
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Reviewed 27 April 2014

Although not comprehensive, this museum scratches the surface on all three elements and raises interest.

Thank N_bay_tk
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Reviewed 4 September 2013

Visited with a Malian associate who is an interpreter. Without his explaining the French notations on exhibits this visit would have been less meaningful. While not unreasonable in price, the entry fee is out of range for most Malians to see this important archive of their culture. The fabric display is outstanding and explains fabric making as well as fabric styles. Uniquely displayed fabrics add excitement to the exhibit. Another room has masks and carvings. They are truly one of a kind. Their exhibition is enhanced by continuously playing monitors displaying how they are used in traditional ceremonies. As with the fabric display, unless you have working knowledge of French or an interpreter with you, you will miss out on some of the finer nuances of the display. A third room is more of an anthropological history of Mali. A bit staid in its presentation, the exhibit has some pieces with their explanation cards on platforms where they are hard to see and the placards unreadable. There is a gift show with a comprehensive assortment of items to purchase that are definitely in the high price range.

Thank GeorgeRoemer
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