The African museum of Lyon is one of the private most ancient museums located in the city of Lyons. It is also the most ancient museum dedicated in Africa in France. Its collection is particularly rich in rooms coming from Western Africa.
The African Museum was create in 1861 on the initiative of the Society of Africain missions and of its founder monsignor Marion de Brésillac. After the disappearance of this last, it is the father Augustine Planque who undertook to ask the missionaries sent in Western Africa to bring back stories of daily, religious and religious life in Africa. After 137 years of existence, the museum will close its doors provisionally to the public as part of a restoration of the whole establishment. He will open again them on January 28th, 2001.
Collection and situation
The Africain Museum is located in 150 Gambetta Courts in Lyons. It disposes in its building of 750m ² places dedicated to the permanent collection (2126 rooms) and as in all museums of a room dedicated to temporary exhibitions. The permanent collection is divided in a thematic way on three levels: Daily life, social Life, Religious Life.
The Africain Museum is of many interests to be visited. Firstly it is an element which allows to discover Africa alone or with a guided tour to acquire many knowledge in domains sometimes charged with plates as the vodun (Vodou) worship and many others.
This museum offers workshops punctually for the children allowing them to discover for example Africain art and jobs as blacksmith where the weaver.
Besides, the museum offers temporary exhibitions going of Africain contemporary art to subjects concerning the history of the civilisations of this continent. Also conferences made by specialists of Africa and of history of art are organised. So the public could discover this year an exhibition concerning the missionaries and their look on Africa (On unknown earth, looks of the missionaries on Africa).
african art / art africain / primitive art / art primitif / arts
premiers / art gallery / art tribal / tribal art / l'oeil et la main /
galerie d'art premier / Agalom / Armand Auxiètre /
www.african-paris.com / www.agalom.com