Museums and Exhibitions for Masks
Museums and Exhibitions for any visitor who is interested in tribal masks must include the antiques quarter in Brussels. It is a place where high quality galleries can be found trading in some fine rare examples of tribal art and especially masks.
For those of us with a little less cash to spare the Musée Royal de l'Afrique in Tervuren is a great place to visit.
First recommended to me by Gordon Reece before a memorable trip to Brussels it proved a place of great interest.
The museum is to my mind very dated. In fact if you study the web site you will find they also express the opinion that the museum reflects a 1960s point of view.
I would feel that it is even more dated than that in terms of attitude. But do not let that put you off a visit. First it only cost e4 to enter, a bargain, there is a great shop and some of the exhibits are wonderful.
They also have special exhibitions, currently on the Congo. It also sits in magnificent grounds.
The collections at times are not well displayed but persevere. There are some great examples of masks and tribal objects. The stuffed animals I leave you to deal with in your own way! Allow half a day to wander around. Do visit the shop as they occasionally have masks for sale from surplus collections.
If you are in Brussels spare half a day and enjoy a dated treat. They are renovating slowly and hope to be modern in 2010.
Museums and Exhibitions: Masken Museum Belgium
This is a relatively new museum in Belgium containing a collection of tribal masks. It is well worth a visit. The web site is well structured and carries images of many pieces from the collection.
Visit the online museum by clicking
the Masken Museum
A good place to visit to find a list of Museums carrying tribal art is
The Soas List of galleries
Other places which carry Exhibitions from Around the World
Art Institute of Chicago
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia
Denver Museum of Natural History
Oregon Historical Society
National Museum of Natural History
Canadian Museum of Civilisation
100 Laurier Street
Gatineau, Québec J8X 4H2
The Orlando Museum of Art
2416 North Mills Avenue
Orlando, Florida 32803-1483
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Benjamin Franklin Parkway at 26th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19130
University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
3260 South Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
National Museum of African Art
950 Independence Ave. SW
Washington, DC 20560
Staatliches Museum für Völkerkunde
Musée du Cinquantenaire
Parc du Cinquantenaire 10
Musée Royal de l'Afrique Centrale
Musée des Arts asiatiques
405, promenade des Anglais
35, rue Paul Valéry – 75116 Paris
Belfast BT9 5AB
Sint-Agathaplein, 4 - Delft
Musée de Tahiti et des îles
BP 380 354 Tamanu
Punauia 98718 Tahiti
NONAM Nordamerika Native Museum
+41 (0) 43 499 24 40
For museums and exhibitions online check out The British Museuem. The British Museum has an interesting on line collection, at
Masks at the British Museum
Cut and paste the above if it is not a live link. When you get to the search screen type in masks or other interests and you will see thumb nails of a selection from 5000 objects. Click to enlarge.
In the tours section there is a tour of masks in the General selection called Changing Face: Masks from the British Museum.
As far as museums and exhibitions go you must have a look at the new Iran exhibition which has a section on line.
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