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African Museum of Namur

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Musée africain de Namur

Rue du 1er Lancier, 1

5000 NAMUR




Ethnology   Art   History


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Transferred in 1985 to the old Leopold barracks, the African Museum is unique in the French-speaking region. It retraces the history of the Independent State of the Congo founded in 1885 by King Leopold II, then, in 1908, bequeathed by will and testament to Belgium, which turned it into its colony, the Belgian Congo. This museum offers a broad range of most varied objects: basketwork, ironwork, pottery, geology, zoology, crafts, ethnography, various weaponry, all bringing back the spirit of those African peoples and offering real evidence of that civilization which the old explorers discovered with amazement as they advanced towards that unknown land. The Museum is housed in the guardroom of the old Leopold barracks, and consists of eight rooms and two areas where collection objects are displayed; two rooms are earmarked for the history of that vast territory. In addition, upstairs, a library of some 20,000 titles is available to visitors.