Yaounde National MUSEUM
Yaounde National Museum
Located in the capital city Yaounde, the Cameroon National Museum serves as a major tourist attraction site for locals and foreigners. The building was constructed in the early 1930s by French colonizers and went on to serve as the official residence of the first President of Cameroon, Ahmadou Ahidjo. In 2014, the building was officially declared the National Museum of Cameroon through the Prime Minister’s decree. The museum houses hundreds of important artifacts that represent the country’s diverse and rich cultures and traditions.
Grandiose, imposing, magnificent are words which explain just in a nutshell the physical reality of this presidency-turned-museum! This relic of French colonial rule located in the heart of the city of seven hills (Yaounde) dates as far back as 1930, when it served as governor's residence under the French Mandate. It then acted as the presidency of the Republic after independence until 1982 while 1988 saw its transformation into the national museum that it is today.
The museum exhibits the remarkable historical and cultural affluence of the Cameroonian people dating way back to the stone and iron ages. It also has a lavish display of outstanding local and international pieces of arts and craft including other objects which tell the story of the Cameroonian people. A tour around the museum leaves visitors with a vivid knowledge of where we come from, who we are and what we do.
Visitors to this national jewel end up with this "museum feeling" that words can't describe. Come and get a little taste of Africa in miniature packaged in one building! It is open to welcome you daily but for Mondays.