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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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African art

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 27 November 2016
Marie C C
Gothenburg, Sweden
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Villars-sur-Ollon, Switzerland
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW 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...

Thank PadJan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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.

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Montreal, Quebec
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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4 of 5 bubbles 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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3 of 5 bubbles 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
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3 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Managua, Nicaragua
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 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.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2016

I visited this museum twice, once when they had an outdoor exhibit about Senegalese fighters (only visited the outside as the museum itself was closed) and another time, when I managed to catch during visiting hours. The entrance fee depends on whether you are a national or not (2000CFA for nationals and 5000 for non nationals if I recall well).... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 March 2016

I was told it is a must to do in Dakar. Well, there is not much to do in Dakar and for sure this small and nice collection of masks is not really worth the efford. But why they charge 7.50 Euros is a riddle for sure, thats the price of the Louvre. Rib off, just one of many in... More 

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