Once a craft centre opened on by the colonial administration, the Museum of Civilisations of Ivory Coast is now a living memory of regional heritage. With some 15,000 authentic objects, dating from 10,000 BC right up to the 21st century, the museum, which operates under the supervision of the Ivorian Ministry of Culture and Francophonie, is a veritable institution – former Senegalese President Léopold Sédar Senghor described it as “one of the richest museums of African art in the world”.
Although its collection suffered the loss of 120 valuable pieces during the 2010-2011 Ivorian political crisis, the museum reopened its doors to the public in 2017, more ambitious than ever. Now completely renovated, the Museum of Civilisations displays works from all regions of Ivory Coast, unique testimonies of the country's history: masks, ornaments, musical instruments, Palaeolithic tools and even a gilded bust of Félix Houphouët-Boigny, father of Ivorian independence. And the colossal elephant's skull in the entrance hall is sure to fascinate both young and old visitors alike.
Musée des Civilisations de Côte d'Ivoire
32, boulevard Carde
+225 20 22 20 56