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Liberian National Museum

Not the Louvre.

Not the Louvre.

If the Liberian National Museum was anywhere other than Liberia, it probably wouldn’t be called a museum – it doesn’t amount to much more than a sadly empty, sparsely curated three-storey building on Broad Street. But a country that has endured two civil wars spanning 14 years deserves some credit for having a museum at all, so I made a point to visit in my first few days in Monrovia.

Despite there not being much to look at, there was plenty to listen to – the guide who showed me around really knew his stuff and spent a good hour teaching me about Liberian history and giving me verbal descriptions of the mostly un-marked and dusty collection of old papers, artifacts, masks, drums, and paintings. The most interesting (some might say, the only interesting) piece in the museum is the Masonic Grand Master’s throne, used by former President Winston Tubman.

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About Home Strange Home

I first left the US in 1999, when I was 18 years old. Since then, I’ve spent 13 years living abroad - 3 in Canada, 7 in Europe, and 3 in Africa. Now I've finally returned to the US on a one-way plane ticket. I arrived home in late January 2014 and set foot in the US for the first time in nearly 2.5 years. In Home Strange Home, I blog about the ups and downs of my re-acculturation experience.

3 responses to “Liberian National Museum

  1. Connie Lee ⋅

    Very interesting, I always find it important to honor what a nation’s people make a point to hold on to.

  2. Brandon ⋅

    still no museum in hargeisa…

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