Top Ten African Museums

Top Ten African Museums


  1. Musuem of Egyptian Antiquities, Cairo, Egypt
    The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, known commonly as the Egyptian Museum, in Cairo, Egypt, is home to an extensive collection of ancient Egyptian antiquities. It has 120,000 items, with a representative amount on display and the remainder in storerooms. The museum’s Royal Mummy Room, containing 27 royal mummies from pharaonic times, was closed on the orders of President Anwar Sadat in 1981. It was reopened, with a slightly curtailed display of New Kingdom kings and queens in 1985. Today there are about 9 mummies displayed. One of them is the newly discovered mummy of Queen Hatshepsut.
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  2. Museum of Islamic Art, Cairo, Egypt

           The Museum entirely faces Historic Cairo. A beautiful garden with a fountain once led to the first entrance but was later removed. The entrance on Port Said Street features a very luxurious facade, rich with decorations and recesses inspired by Islamic architecture in Egypt from various periods. The Museum is a two-story building; the first floor comprises the exhibition halls and the second floor comprises the general stores. The basement contains a store connected with the Restoration Section. The Museum is considered one of the greatest in the world with its exceptional collection of rare woodwork and plaster, as well as metal, ceramic, glass, crystal, and textile objects of all periods, from all over the Islamic world. It houses more than 102,000 objects. The Museum carries out archaeological excavations in the Fustat Area and has organized a number of National and International Exhibitions.
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  3. Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg

           The Johannesburg Art Gallery is an art gallery located in Joubert Park, in the central business district of Johannesburg, South Africa. The building was designed by Edward Lutyens and consists of 15 exhibition halls and sculpture gardens. It houses collections of 17th century Dutch paintings, 18th and 19th century British and European art, 19th century South African works, a large contemporary collection of 20th century local and international art and a print cabinet containing works from the 15th century to the present.
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  4. South African National Gallery, Cape Town
             The South African National Gallery, known locally as is the national art gallery of South Africa located in Cape Town. The collection began in 1872 with the donation of Sir Thomas Butterworth’s personal gallery. Various other patrons have contributed over the years and the assemblage today consists largely of Dutch, French and British works from the 17th to the 19th century. This includes lithographs, etchings and some early 20th century British paintings. Contemporary art work displayed in the gallery is selected from many of South Africa’s communities and the gallery houses an authoritative collection of sculpture and beadwork.
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  5. Museum Africa, Johannesburg

           The museum was established in 1933, when the Johannesburg Public Library bought a large quantity of African material culture and books from John Gaspard Gubbins. From the mid 1930’s, the museum’s scope widened to include all aspects of African cultural history and material culture. In 1994, after the fall of apartheid and the institution of democratic government in South Africa, the museum was refurbished and renamed MuseuMAfricA. The museum is housed in the city’s former fruit and vegetable market in Newtown, built in 1913, located opposite the Market Theatre. The museum has collections of African material culture from across the continent, including noted collections of tokens, musical instruments and head-rests.
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  6. National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harare

           The National Gallery of Zimbabwe is a gallery in Harare, Zimbabwe, dedicated to the presentation and conservation of Zimbabwe’s contemporary art and visual heritage. The Original “National Gallery of Rhodesia” was designed and Directed by Frank McEwen, a British citizen credited with bringing the Shona Sculpture to the spotlight. The National Gallery in Bulawayo is a branch of the in Zimbabwe’s second city, Bulawayo. Directors of the National Gallery in Bulawayo include Stephen Williams, Yvonne Vera and Addelis Sibutha. The National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Mutare was opened in 1999 at Kopje House. The building itself dates from 1897 and was Mutare’s first hospital. It was designated a Culture House under National Museums and Monuments before becoming the gallery.
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