Heritages and Museums

Museums and Heritage– Discover the most visited museums in the world, comes with pictures, and will give you plenty of ideas for top museums to see on your own travels.

The island of Gorée lies off the coast of Senegal, opposite Dakar. From the 15th to the 19th century, it was the largest slave-trading centre on the African coast. Ruled in succession by the Portuguese, Dutch, English and French, its architecture is characterized by the contrast between the grim slave-quarters and the elegant houses of the slave traders. Today it continues to serve as a reminder of human exploitation and as a sanctuary for reconciliation.

The Grand Mosque of Dakar is a tribute to Algerian Berbers. Due to the timing of the inauguration in 1961, just after independence, it has an exterior that is less ostentatious and more sober than its cousins to the East. However, past its eastern archways, the cobbled interior will soon reward your curiosity. The vast inner courtyard opens to the sky and, indeed, offers a haven of privileged meditation for Dakar Muslims.

The Museum Théodore Monod ” IFAN” is one of the best museums in West Africa. The museum is a testimony to African art and culture with over 9000 objects on display. Lively, exhibits show masks and traditional dress across the region (including Mali, Guinea-Bissau, Benin and Nigeria) and provide an excellent overview of styles, without bombarding you with more than you can take in. You can also see beautiful fabrics and carvings, drums, musical instruments and agricultural tools. A gallery behind the main building often houses excellent exhibitions of contemporary art.

The House of Slaves (Maison des Esclaves) and its Door of No Return is a museum and memorial to the Atlantic slave trade on Gorée Island, 3 km off the coast of the city of Dakar, Senegal. Its museum, which was opened in 1962 and curated until Boubacar Joseph Ndiaye’s death in 2009, is said to memorialise the final exit point of the slaves from Africa. While historians differ on how many African slaves were actually held in this building, as well as the relative importance of Gorée Island as a point on the Atlantic Slave Trade, visitors from Africa, Europe, and the Americas continue to make…

The Great Mosque of Touba is a mosque in Touba, Senegal. It was founded by Amadou Bamba in 1887 and completed in 1963. Bamba died in 1927 and is interred inside the mosque. Since his death, the mosque is being controlled by his family. At the heart of the Mouride holy city lies its Great Mosque, purported to be one of the largest in Africa. Since its completion in 1963, it has been continuously enlarged and embellished. The mosque has five minarets and three large domes and is the place where Amadou Bamba, …

Thies Regional Museum– Fort Thiès (former Fort Faidherbe) is located in the city centre of Thiès, next to the well-known Manufactures’ establishment.

The gallery Arte is a gallery located in Dakar, Senegal, founded in 1996 by Joëlle le Bussy Fal and specialized in the creation of furniture and objects of contemporary African art. It has a branch in Saint-Louis of Senegal since 2009.

The Henriette-Bathily Women’s Museum is a museum which was located on Gorée, an island on the coast of Senegal, across from the House of Slaves. Since May 2015, it is now located in Dakar, at the Place du Souvenir Africain et de la Diaspora.

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