Exploring at the AfricaMuseum

While visiting the AfricaMuseum, would you like to learn more about the museum's renovation? Or are you curious about the origins of the museum pieces? Then the AfricaMuseum offers you three tours in the ErfgoedApp that allow you to discover the museum in a new way.

Experts speaking

In this tour, you will be guided by the experts who collaborated on the museum's renovation. The museum director, a historian, an archaeologist and a biologist will introduce you to their vision and guide you through the various museum rooms, while artists Aimé Mpane and Jean-Pierre Müller will tell you how their artworks confront the colonial sculptures in the museum.

The artworks of Aimé Mpane and Jean-Pierre Müller in the museum's main rotunda. © Tim Debroyer
The artworks of Aimé Mpane and Jean-Pierre Müller in the museum's main rotunda. © Tim Debroyer

Origins trail

In the Provenance Trail, you will search for the origins of various objects on display in the AfricaMuseum by scanning them with the ErfgoedApp. The tour ties in perfectly with the current discussion about the restitution or return of objects that were unlawfully removed from their country of origin during the colonial period. An investigation is currently underway to determine the origin of collection pieces so that illegally obtained objects can be returned to the Congolese people.

"The time has come for the return of the objects unlawfully removed from Congo, because they belong to the Congolese people" - Secretary of State for Science Policy Thomas Dermine
Helmet mask, early 20th century © AfricaMuseum

One of the objects you can scan with the app is this mask. It was donated to the museum in 1913 by the Compagnie du Kasai. This company, originally engaged in rubber extraction, later turned to palm oil and mining. To extract these resources, it conducted a veritable reign of terror in the Congolese region of Kasai. Through exhibitions and donations of objects such as this mask, the Compagnie du Kasai tried to polish its image. Like the many other objects on this tour, the mask gives a good idea of the sometimes complex provenance history of the museum's collection.

© AfricaMuseum

Peerless Art

In a separate museum room, discover the artistic production of masks, statues, ivory carvings as well as utensils. Scan the object with the ErfgoedApp and learn more about the origin and function of these collection pieces.

Fancy exploring the AfricaMuseum with the ErfgoedApp ? Then book your tickets through the museum's website and download the ErfgoedApp in the App Store or via Google Play. Find more information via these links:

Digital tours and VR experience
AfricaMuseum - Audio Guide: Experts talking.
In several rooms, scientists from the AfricaMuseum will explain more about the setup in an audio clip. For this tour it is necessary to activate your bluetooth function.
Origins course
Most of the museum's collection dates back to the colonial period. For several years and especially after the reopening of the AfricaMuseum in 2018, questions arose about the provenance of mainly the ethnographic collections collected during the colonial period. There was renewed interest ...
AfricaMuseum - Temporary exhibition: Peerless art
The exhibition is of an art historical nature. The large, central showcases display an important collection of masks, sculptures, ivory carvings and applied art. The pieces are almost all from the Congo and date mostly from the 19th and first half of the 20th century. The other display cases carved...