A museum is a place, especially a building, where certain artifacts, valuables, and historical objects are kept mainly for people to come and see them and learn more about the origin or learn about a certain cultural heritage of a specific country or group of people in particular. Materials or artifacts that can be found in a museum include valuable items such as jewelry, for example, necklaces and rings, cloth remains, stone tablets, scrolls, photographs, bones and skeletons, weapons, and lastly coins. These items are kept in the museums mainly to be exhibited or to learn about the existence of certain things in the modern world and also certain stages of evolution of animals or human beings.
Africa is one of the most known continents that contain a good number of museums ideal for visits from different parts of the world. Lately, museums are becoming the greatest and most entertaining tourist attractions not only in the continent of Africa but also in the whole world in
general. The most recommended and absolute visit museums in Africa include Apartheid Museum in South Africa, Abdeen Palace and The Coptic Museums in Egypt, Yves Saint Laurent Museum in Morocco, Karen Blixen Museum in Kenya, and the Alexandria National Museum in Egypt.
The above-mentioned national museums in Africa are the most ideal since they contain many different types of materials and artifacts in a wide variety. These museums may be of different categories such as science museums, historical museums, and art museums among many others.
- Apartheid Museum
This is a museum that is located in Johannesburg, South Africa. Its key role in the country is mainly to preserve and conserve the history of South Africa as a country. This, therefore, means that it is one of the most prominent museums ever found in the country of South Africa due to its economic, political and cultural significance to the people. Many people from different parts of the world visit the Apartheid Museum in South Africa to learn more about the rise and fall of the apartheid that took place in South Africa. This, therefore, explains why the museum was named Apartheid Museum, simply because of the apartheid that took place in South Africa between the year 1948-1994.
The different artifacts found in South Africa include photographs, different file footage, items that show or illustrate what happened to the people who existed at that time, and also various documents that contain the history of the rise and fall of the apartheid that happened in the country for a very long time
- Abdeen Palace Museum
Abdeen Palace Museum is located in Cairo, Egypt. This is an ancient national museum that was constructed in the 19th century, that is in the year the 1860s, and has been in existence up to date, therefore making it one of the longest-serving national museums that have ever been in existence in the history of Egypt as an African country. The museum was named Abdeen after a famous commander and military leader who used to live in it during the 19th century.
The various items that are found in Abdeen National Museum include paintings, minerals like silver, weapons, ancient documents, and also jewelry. This museum not only contains these artifacts for exhibition and enjoyment by visitors but also contains more recreational services. Those who are willing to visit the museum are advised to book their slots in advance due to the large number of people that visit the place every day.
- Yves Saint Laurent Museum
This is a national museum located in Marrakech, Morocco. It was constructed back in the late 90s but was unveiled later in the year 2004 to offer adequate time for more materials, cultural materials, and artifacts, to be collected and preserved in the museum. This museum offers exhibitions at different times of the year in the museum. It was named after a popular designer Yves Saint after his death, therefore, making it an exhibition site.
The items that can be found in the Yves Saint Laurent National Museum are mainly different collections of cloth designs that were designed by the ancient designer Yves Saint. Other items can also be found there including jewelry, leather products, and films. Due to this museum, the number of visitors to Morocco significantly increased since the day that it was officially unveiled.
- The Coptic Museum
The Coptic Museum is located in Cairo, Egypt. It is one of the museums known for having the biggest collection of Christian collections, mainly artifacts. This museum has been in existence since the year 1908, which is more than 100 years ago. This, therefore, shows that it is one of the most ancient known museums that store Christian artifacts. The founder of The Coptic Museum is Marcus Simaika, who is believed to be the pioneer behind the construction of this museum.
Apart from the Christian artifacts that are kept in this museum, other materials can be found herein. These include metal implements, ancient masks, stone implements, and woodworks. The most unique artifacts that are found in most Egyptian museums are the masks that represent specific people or supreme beings that ever existed in the history of Egypt as a country.
- Karen Blixen Museum
This is a museum that is located in Ngong’ hills in Nairobi county, Kenya. Karen Blixen Museum was named after an author, Karen Blixen, who was known for her publications back in the early 90s. Some items that can be found there include various farm equipment which was developed in the olden days.
This museum offers adequate information about the person Karen Blixen, her life, experiences, and way of life. It also gives more information on the history of Kenya about 100 years ago and the way of life of people at that time.
- Alexandria National Museum
The Alexandria National Museum is a museum that is found in Alexandria which is located in Egypt and has been in existence since the year 2003. It contains over 1,500 artifacts in it, and many of the artifacts are mainly statues of kings, mostly the Pharaohs.
Found in the museum are also different portraits of early rulers such as queens. In addition, other artifacts that can be found in this museum include jewelry and pieces of cloth.