IFAN Museum of African Arts, Dakar

IFAN Museum of African Arts, Dakar (must see)

The Musée de l'Institut Fondamental d'Afrique Noire or IFAN Museum of African Arts in Dakar is one of the oldest art museums in West Africa. It was promoted by Léopold Senghor, the country's first President. In December 2007, its official title was changed to The Théodore Monod African Art Museum ("Musée Théodore Monod d'Art africain"), after the French naturalist Théodore André Monod, former director of IFAN. Previously its official name had been "Le Musée d'Art africain de l'Institut fondamental d'Afrique noire Cheikh Anta Diop IFAN/CAD".

The museum is part of the Institut Fondamental d'Afrique Noire (IFAN) institute, founded 1936 under the Popular Front government in France. When IFAN was transferred to Cheikh Anta Diop University in 1960, the building at Place Soweto near the National Assembly of Senegal was converted into a museum. It is today one of the most prestigious centers for the study of African culture and part of the Cheikh Anta Diop University. As the main cultural research center of the colonies of French West Africa, it contains important collections from across Francophone Africa. The museum is one of the regular locations used in the Dakar Biennale exhibition, showing art by contemporary African and diaspora artists.
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Sight Name: IFAN Museum of African Arts
Sight Location: Dakar, Senegal (See walking tours in Dakar)
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
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Walking Tours in Dakar, Senegal

Create Your Own Walk in Dakar

Create Your Own Walk in Dakar

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Dakar Introduction Walking Tour II

Dakar Introduction Walking Tour II

The city of Dakar, capital of Senegal, is a home to many notable sights, most of which are clustered in the Downtown area, including religious sites, such as the Grand Mosque with its towering minaret; a number of museums, including Dakar's largest Musée Théodore Monod displaying cultural artifacts illustrating diversity of Senegalese traditions and history; and more. On this walking tour...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.0 Km or 2.5 Miles
Dakar Introduction Walking Tour I

Dakar Introduction Walking Tour I

The city of Dakar, capital of Senegal, is a home to many notable sights, most of which are clustered in the Downtown area, including government buildings, art galleries, historic squares and a railway station. On this walking tour you have a chance to explore some of the top attractions of Downtown Dakar.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.9 Km or 1.2 Miles