National Museum of Mali

The National Museum of Mali is an archaeological and anthropological museum that presents permanent and temporary exhibits on the prehistory of Mali, as well as the musical instruments, dress, and ritual objects associated with Mali’s various ethnic groups.

The Museum began under French rule as the Sudanese Museum, part of the Institut Français d’Afrique Noire under Théodore Monod. It was opened on February 14, 1953. The building is inspired by local Bambara architectural forms.

The museum is also involved in promoting the production of contemporary plastic arts, organising periodic exhibits of artists’ work from both Mali and abroad.


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