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Musee National de Bamako

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Address: Ave de la Liberte, Bamako, Mali
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Great museum

really nice museum, great collection of the Dogon masks and Malian bogolan fabric. Exposition is not very big, but nicely explained and includes real masterpieces.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 15 February 2015
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Tbilisi, Georgia
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Tbilisi, Georgia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2015

really nice museum, great collection of the Dogon masks and Malian bogolan fabric. Exposition is not very big, but nicely explained and includes real masterpieces.

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Bamako, Mali
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2015

Small but informative. Nice way to spend an hour or so. I especially like the exhibit on local textiles and the models of famous mud mosques. There is a cafe outside.

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New Delhi, India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2014

The National Museum has recently been renovated and opened.It is very small by world Museum standards,there was work going on ,so it may be expanding. They had one section devoted to wooden artifacts-masks from different areas of mali and figurines of men and women. The captions are all in French and there was a documentary running on the TV which... More 

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Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Seoul, South Korea
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3 of 5 bubbles 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.... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 bubbles 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... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2014

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

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4 of 5 bubbles 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... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2012

If you are interested in fabrics, this museum has a great permanent display of artisan work from Bamako. It's in 3 buildings, all rather dusty and dismally lit, but worth investigating.

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Rabat, Morocco
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2012

esp since travel to the north is a bit dicey at the moment, great to learn about how islam and local religions have co-existed through both permanent and rotating exhibit. beautiful exhibit of mali textiles with researched/detailed explanations.

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