Dakar might be known as a pretty Atlantic port city of the Cap-Vert peninsula, but it really packs a punch in terms of the attractions it offers. The capital of Senegal has a rich and complex culture and history. And there is no better way to get introduced to Senegal than discovering the best art galleries and museums in Dakar. Delve into new worlds by visiting Dakar’s museums, where you can explore a diverse range of topics, including art and history, culture and learning about Senegal’s heritage.
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IFAN Museum of African Arts
The IFAN Museum of African Arts also known as the Musée Théodore Monod is one of Senegal’s best museums. Guests can take individual or group tours to explore over 9000 objects on display here. IFAN brings together works from Senegal as well as African art from West African countries including Mali, Guinea-Bissau, Benin and Nigeria. This is a historical and educational museum in Dakar with special dedication in displaying and teaching African art.
Henriette-Bathily Women’s Museum
It’s always a unique and very emotional moment when at the Henriette-Bathily Women’s Museum. Once located in Gorée, the museum is now located in Dakar since 2015. Museum exhibition in this Dakar’s museum include items from the colonial period, musical instruments, pottery as well as photographs that gives a better grasp of the daily life of women in the country. It is truly a celebration of the creative nature of Senegalese women.
House of Slaves
The House of Slaves (Maison des Esclaves) is for people with interest in African history and slave trade visiting Dakar. This is one of the few slave houses still open to the public, and it holds great information archives of activities in the region during the slave trade and other historical details. If you’re only looking for an engaging insight on transportation of Africans to British, French, Spanish, Dutch, and Portuguese colonies of the Americas, don’t pass up this museum. You can only imagine what other treasures are housed in this museum and memorial to the Atlantic slave trade in Dakar, Senegal. Make sure to visit the museum and its Door of No Return, we’d recommend a guide if you want to know the history of what happened.
Located in the city centre of Dakar, the Galerie Arte is regarded as the first contemporary art and design centre in Senegal. This exceptional art gallery in Dakar brings to life scenes and pieces from Senegalese unique art creations. And allows African art enthusiasts a chance to explore and indulge some creativity of the African continent.
Museum of Black Civilisations
Opened in December 2018, the Museum of Black Civilisations (Musée des Civilisations Noires) has been a stunning addition to Dakar’s cultural scene as well as a being a magnificent inclusion to Senegal