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IFAN Museum (African Arts Museum)

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Address: Place de Soweto, Dakar, Senegal
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(221) 821 40 15

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Interesting African Art

This museum is small but it is full of different African masks and statues used to ward off evil spirits or for fertility rituals. It was very interesting. When we visited... read more

Reviewed 9 April 2017
Micheline D
Ottawa, Canada
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Ottawa, Canada
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Reviewed 9 April 2017

This museum is small but it is full of different African masks and statues used to ward off evil spirits or for fertility rituals. It was very interesting. When we visited, there was an additional exhibit in the building behind the main building on art found carved in rock. It was amazing to see.

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Dakar, Senegal
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Reviewed 30 March 2017

The museum offers exhibitions of real quality African Art. It is professionally curated. Organization and ambiance are truly African (poor maintenance and lots of dust). The entrance fee is a little high but still worth it, if art is your passion. It is situated at Plateau, not far from most embassies and the seaside, where you can have a nice... More 

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Villars-sur-Ollon, Switzerland
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Reviewed 18 February 2017 via mobile

Small collection. Check out the photos here and you will have seen most of the permanent collection on the first floor. 2nd floor has temporary exhibition. In any case - you can be in and out in 10-30 minutes...

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Reviewed 2 February 2017

The museum is small but has a lot of art from other parts of Africa. During our visit, their were two very good exhibits. The textile exhibit featured cloth making mechanisms and clothes produced as collages, tapestry and clothing. The second exhibit show cased works of college students in the subject of black/white and dark/light.

Thank Arinna M
Montreal, Quebec
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9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 29 December 2016

Very interesting museum in Dakar, with some wonderful African art. A must see when you are there. Tickets are a bit expensive to get in, and unfortunately the maintenance of the building is not good (dust everywhere, etc.). But still a very interesting landmark.

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 391 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 November 2016

Amazing collection of African arts. As with so much of 'traditional' art though there is little info about the creators/artists. But there is some stunning stuff. I wish there had been an English guide or captions. and it needs a cafe in the gardens

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Gothenburg, Sweden
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 November 2016

The IFAN museum, also called le Musée de Théodore Monod, is a small museum on Place Soweto, Dakar. The entrance fee is CFA 5.000, about 8 US dollars. The ground floor has collections of African objects not only from Senegal but also from surrounding countries. The first floor houses textile items, both new ones produced by well-known artisans and old... More 

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Ansonia, Connecticut, USA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2016

This is a little cheaper to visit that the Louvre ($9 vs $15) but 1/100th the size and a lot hotter. They have a few unique items, but hardly worth the price. You can see the whole two floors in thirty minutes. Very cool deco building in good repair.

Thank Tom M
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 13 August 2016

This is a relatively small museum with a relatively expensive entrance fee. It took us no more than 35 minutes to see the entire thing. Save this for a rainy afternoon, or if you're in Dakar for along time and looking to check it off your list. There are only a couple museums in the whole city.

Thank patrickmeyer
Managua, Nicaragua
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 July 2016

This museum was a gem to find in the midst of Dakar. Open space that showcases the history and beautiful art of Senegal and other surrounding countries. Special exhibit on the national sport of wrestling was a pleasant surprise the day I visited. Not busy at all, but plan accordingly for your visit, they are not open on Mondays.

Thank N W

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