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How strange to find Africa so closeby!

This is a unique museum in that you're "there"! You can walk through the village huts and see how... read more

Reviewed 10 May 2018
Cocciolino2015
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Perugia, Italy
To Africa with my grandson

Very nice and 'cosy' museum telling and showing interesting matters about Africa and foreign 3rd... read more

Reviewed 31 August 2017
JLa54
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Nijmegen, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 19 November 2015

This museum has a large outdoor part with huts/houses in different African styles. In summer there must be multiple activities outside, and then it's probably a lot nicer. The indoor part shows some modern African (and Haïtian) art, and typical African items such as shields, masks, drums. Some information about slavery.

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Reviewed 23 June 2015

Interesting the original building had been a missionary and they had collected a lot of African artefacts. Well worth a visit.

Thank Susan V
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Reviewed 8 November 2014

Despite the rain and the cold we were not disappointed with this museum with its reconstructions of African life. Various types of villages from African countries are well built and described. The indoor parts a more traditional museum layout with lots of displays and art work
Food in the cafe was basic but adequate. Clearly this is a place school trips visit regularly so watch out for the groups which move around with amazing haste!
The staff were very helpful and obliging.
Probably a place to visit once but not return to.

Thank DarloFoodie
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Reviewed 9 April 2014

Our visit there was excellent.
At the reception they accept Euro<26 student cards, so You have cheaper entrance with it. Inside really nice stuff from all over the African continent. Outside plantation of fruits and veggies from Africa, african village and everything that You should see.
Great events during the weekends in the summer - I was there at Ghana night - amazing drum performance!
If You like Africa - You must see African Museum in Berg en Dal!

Thank draVska
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Reviewed 17 October 2013

I found out about this museum via the Black Heritage Tours website. So put it on the agenda for our trip to Amsterdam. It is about 2 hours outside of Amsterdam via train direct to Nijmegen.
€36 return then take the number 3 bus from Nijmegen bus station which is right outside. It leave at :53 and :27 it is a mini bus so it is easy to miss it amongst all the large buses so walk up and down until you spot it. We nearly missed at as it was sitting behind the large bus and only when it was about to drive off I managed to spot it and stop it.
The fare is €3 single no returns available.
The bus ride is about 25 mins and takes you right to the museum as well as serving the local community. It only seats about 8 persons. Seatbelts must be worn so standing is not an option.
Inside it is like any other modern museum. Toilets are downstairs with a clockroom for bags etc.

The musuem is in Dutch which as disappointing but not surprising. There was one english programme but there was the option to hire an audio tour €1.50.

My first impression on entering the museum was disappointment at all the offensive images used in advertising over the ages, I also couldn't work out why there was a model of Michael Jackson in the display case along with other images of African/Black people.

Further along there were artifacts dipicting religious icons, voodoo and the like, but as I could not read the inscriptions not sure why these were on display. The audio didn't give a clear idea as it was discussing the artifacts from an art perspective rather than historical.

Further along the museum had images which as my friend pointed out bordered on voyeurism. For example why is a life size model of a naked African/Black Woman on display?

In other rooms there are examples of African modern art as well as artifacts from different African customs/cultures on display.

Outside there are depictions of different African Villages, clearly not how Africa looks today, however, my friend and I found this area to be the best part of the museum. Although due to the rain it made it difficult to fully appreciate the area as it was a quick walk round but should we come back I would spend more time in this area to appreciate the look and feel of the different villages. The audio provided interesting narrative about the different buildings. It must be amazing in the summer months.

All in all I am glad that we made the trip I would come back again and spend longer as we only had 90mins as we arrived after 3pm and the last bus leaves at 17:27 back to the station otherwise is it a long walk or expensive cab ride back.

Thank nubianqueen59
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