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The National Library / Bibliothèque nationale

Formed in 1968, The National Library in Abidjan was initially the library for the French Institute of Black Africa. The library has a collection of over 75,000 volumes of scientific books and magazines.

Address: BPV 180, Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire

Tel: +225 22 32 38 72

The Museum of Cote D'Ivoire

If you want to know more about Abidjan’s history and culture, then the best place to visit is The Museum of Cote D'Ivoire. The human and animal statuettes made from terracotta are extremely beautiful. There are also a number of wooden masks, Ivorian musical instruments and pottery items with the total collection adding to nearly 20,000 pieces.

Address: BPV 1600, Abidjan 01, Cote d'Ivoire

Tel: +225 22 22 20 56


Cocody Municipal Museum of Contemporary Art

The Cocody Municipal Museum of Contemporary Art features a permanent exhibition of modern, contemporary work by Ivorian and African artists. The museum was started in November 1993 due to the initiative of City Council of Cocody. The museum’s collection includes 150 paintings, 40 sculptures, 15 ceramics and 11 tapestries and 216 books.

Address: Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire



National Museum

The National Museum of Abidjan houses many historic artifacts and statues, and its main highlights are African crafts made from ivory.

Address: Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire

American Cultural Center

The American Cultural Center was started for American diplomats in 1961 and includes a library encompassing thousands of books. The library was thrown open to the Ivorian public in 1964. Initially it was based at The Plateau, but in 1974 it moved to the Cocody neighbourhood. The Cultural Centre has a large reading hall where one can read the books in peace.

Address: 01 B.P. 1712 Abidjan 01, Cote d'Ivoire

Tel: +225 22 49 40 00

National Archives of the Ivory Coast / Archives Nationales de Côte d'Ivoire

Address: BP V-126, Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire

Tel: +225 22 32 41 58

Fax: +225 22 21 50 13

  • Other Museums and Cultural Centers in Abidjan

Ivory Coast Museum of Civilizations

Handicrafts Centre of the City of Abidjan

French Cultural Centre