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Museums in Africa

Simiyu Wandibba

in Media and Identity in Africa

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print April 2009 | ISBN: 9780748635221
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653010 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748635221.003.0020
Museums in Africa

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This chapter begins with a discussion of the historical development of museums in Africa. It considers the fundamental political and social changes that took place on the continent in the immediate postcolonial period, which brought about a fresh role for African museums. The chapter then describes the present situation of African museums. The modern museum in Africa, although a part of the colonial legacy, has evolved to be much more. It was originally meant to serve the interests of the colonial masters as a place where they and their families could go to view the curiosities of the native peoples. However, the museums of today are an important resource to the nations of the continent.

Keywords: African museums; historical development; postcolonial period

Chapter.  5478 words. 

Subjects: African Studies

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