The ultimate musuem checklist for travelers willing to explore yaoundé, by exploring over 7000 art pieces from different regions of Cameroon.

1. National Museum

A look inside camerOons national heritage Photo Credit: National Museum

For Cameroon national historic artifacts.

The National Museum of Cameroon transcends the conventional museum experience, standing as both the former residence of Cameroon’s first President, His Excellency Ahmadou Ahidjo, and a treasure trove of over 5,000 artifacts. These pieces, gathered from across Cameroon, represent the rich tapestry of the nation’s four cultural regions, alongside historical photographs, facts, and national symbols. With regular expositions and events, each visit to the National Museum promises a unique journey through Cameroon’s heritage, ensuring that no two visits are ever the same.

How to visit: Secure your spot for a guided tour of the National Museum for an up-close exploration. Alternatively, if you prefer less walking and object-viewing, opt for the Yaoundé Sightseeing City Tour. Here, comfortably seated in an air-conditioned tourism bus, you’ll receive in-depth insights about the National Museum and the city from as a whole.

2. Ethnographic Museum of the People of the Forest

Visit the most authentic and representative private Museum in Yaoundé. Photo Credit: YENGAFRICA

For nature, amazing facts and Knowledge about the Fang beti Cultural region.

Set in a leafy, green environment, the museum displays traditional huts outdoors, filled with ancient everyday objects, a lunar calendar, and a sundial. Inside, visitors can explore a rich collection of ethnographic objects collected over the years, with one room dedicated to the Fang-Beti society and other Bantu societies, and another room specially dedicated to Fang-Beti women. You wil definitely be amazed by the things you will learn while visiting this Museum.

How to visit: The Ethnographic Museum of the Forest is situated in Elig Essono. While walk-ins are welcome, booking online is recommended to ensure the guides are aware of for your visit.


3. Blackitude Museum

Over 2,070 very rare work of arts from a private collection and heritage Photo Credit: Blackitude Museum

For Ceremonial ritual Objects

Beyond the royal treasury’s collections acquired in 1982 following the passing of her father, Fo Nab Ngo I has expanded the collection to encompass more than 2,070 art pieces. This meticulous collection and documentation effort serves as a foundation for both safeguarding and promoting Cameroonian art. Remarkably, many of these artworks are still employed in ceremonial rituals, bridging the gap between tradition and contemporary appreciation.

How to visit: Located just opposite Merina Hotel, the Blackitude museum is housed in the basement of an old building that was modified to create space for exhibitions and other services. Bookings Online are through YENGAFRICA are highly recommended as the guides are not always present on site. Avoid waisting your day or time by securing your guided tour of the blackitude Museum before arrival.

4. Mount Febe Monastery Museum

The most authentic collection in Yaoundé Photo Credit: YENGAFRICA

For dominating the city .

The Mount Febe Monastery museum overlooks the city of Yaoundé, located at the Benedictine Monastery on Mount Febe’s summit. This museum boasts a rich artistic collection. Established in 1964 by Father Luitfrid Marfurt, a Swiss Benedictine monk who arrived in Cameroon in 1953, the museum holds over four hundred items, including masks, stools, beds, wall panels, and pipes. Open to visitors, it provides a unique glimpse into Cameroonian art.

How to visit: Book your guided tour of the Monastery Museum online and drive up to the museum with your confirmation email. Alternatively, for large groups wanting to explore beyond the monastery museum, consider the Yaoundé Sightseeing City Tour  or for small groups opt for a private small group tour which both conclude at the Monastery Museum. If visiting on working days, you can experience a comprehensive complete  guided tour of Mount Febe Monastery, which includes the Museum, the esteemed Ecole de Menuiserie of Mount Febe, the cocoa farms, panoramic city views, and the Grotte Mariale. From up there please do not miss the spectacular views of the city, the unity palace where the president resides, the congres palace, the yaoundé golf club, unity monument and much more.