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Musee National de Kinshasa (National Museum)

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Address: Avenue du 24 Novembre, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
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Located in the capital, the Musée National de Kinshasa hosts the country's...

Located in the capital, the Musée National de Kinshasa hosts the country's primary collection of Zairian art.

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A small collection of a large history of the Congo

It is worth visiting this important museum, which has a small collection of artifacts of the country's history, even dating back to pre-homo sapiens area. The museum was... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 16 October 2016
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

It is worth visiting this important museum, which has a small collection of artifacts of the country's history, even dating back to pre-homo sapiens area. The museum was established with help from a Belgium museum, but can only exhibit a very small number of items. For those who are really interested, I suggest you request permission at the museum's administration... More 

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Longwood
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

Though kind of running down facility, you can still notice its glorious days. The location itself as an observation point is great where you can see the Congo river and town. Artifacts are all authentic, interesting and give you an idea and feel about what Congo is all about.

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Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2016

We visited as a team of missionaries, 12 in number, was the best option for a day engagement. to learn and appreciate nature as well as Raw beauty...

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Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2016

I spend an hour or so at the museum, where a tiny collection of traditional masks is conserved. It's interesting to discover them and learn about their history and significance, although I feel like the museum could be developed more and could be better sponsored.

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2015 via mobile

Unfortunately I only found out after visiting that there is a lot of artifacts in storage, which "could" be seen. Anyway if you visit try to ask to see some of the stored stuff, apparently worthwhile. The museum we did get to see was very small but interesting. Mostly to do with masks. There is also one of Mobutu's leopard... More 

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Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2015

This museum is just at the entrance to the rue Matadi (Ngaliema). The entrance fee for foreigners is US 5 per person ($3 for children). You will need your passport or a copy thereof, to gain entrance to the museum. As you walk up the hill, you'll then see a little paillote, and that is where you pay the entrance... More 

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Zemst, Belgium
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 May 2015

Siiutation of the museum was central located. The exposition was rather poor as well as the accomodation.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 May 2015

By the time we got to the National Museum we were tired. There is a lot to see so I recommend visitors give themselves enough time and bring an interpreter if you don't speak French so you can appreciate the history of the collections in the museum. There is an indoor collection and an outdoor collection of historical arts, crafts... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2015 via mobile

Probably the hippy kind of place of Kinois....chill out atmosphere between are and basketball players, skateboarders. The MNK has a large garden if you want to see the art in the museum a nice guide called Jc will welcome u.although it is a very tiny and hot museum

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the prairie
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2014

This is a really fantastic museum with large collections. The problem is that it is ill equipped to handle tourists and most of the collections are in storage and cannot be viewed by visitors. We were able to see the storage rooms because we had a connection with the university. If you don't happen to know anyone you will be... More 

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