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IFAN Museum (African Arts Museum)

Place de Soweto, Dakar, Senegal
(221) 821 40 15
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Very manageable museum

Lots of interesting art in a decent building --- 45 minutes is plenty of time to visit. Some of the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Trup
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New York, NY
Good collection of masks and textiles

I would recommend visiting this museum while in Dakar, but with some reservations. Pros - Very... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
MRichardson2014
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Lake of Bays, Canada
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Place de Soweto, Dakar, Senegal
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lots of interesting art in a decent building --- 45 minutes is plenty of time to visit. Some of the pieces are most impressive; others not so much.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I would recommend visiting this museum while in Dakar, but with some reservations. Pros - Very nice space - Good collection of West Africa masks and statues - Good tribal textiles Cons - Relatively expensive - but this museum does not receive funding other than...More

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Reviewed 4 April 2018

The current leadership has transformed this museum into a major site for the newest art by local artists, each well-chosen, and cultural center for lectures, symposia, and discussions about local cultural issues.

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Reviewed 29 March 2018 via mobile

Had a great visit here spending quite a few hours savouring both old and new. The main building houses many very old pieces from various west African countries. The building at the rear shows a contemporary exhibition of textiles. Only thing missing is a really...More

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Reviewed 26 March 2018

large open space and lovely building. the exhibits were nice but few were from Senegal. most were from surrounding countries. i enjoyed the videos and to sit was a welcome break from the heat (and the street vendors) there was a temporary art exhibition in...More

1  Thank nikiidsee
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Reviewed 23 March 2018

Its quite expensive at 5000cfa but worth the visit. The bottom floor is mostly masks from west African countries, upstairs is textiles from the same regions. It took about half an hour to walk round. The highlight for us was a free temporary exhibition in...More

1  Thank jo l
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Reviewed 21 March 2018

nice peces of arfrican art but in the whole it is a little bit outdated. an textile exposition, which should be finished in 2017 was still open in 2018. Nevertheless, it was a welcome 2 hours of activity in Dakar.

Thank Eltjo v
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Reviewed 22 December 2017

nice but small mask collection on the first floor. fabric collection on the second floor. museum building is old, colour is falling from the ceiling in many places

1  Thank lapidot
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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...More

1  Thank Micheline D
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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...More

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