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African Fashion & Art Museums Around the World and Exhibitions

Taking time out to relax and explore new things is always a great idea. Some of my friends used to think that because I enjoy spending time indoors, I must be an introvert. But I've always loved seeing new things and experiencing different cultures. I simply enjoy taking the opportunity to unwind and discover new experiences.

Recently, I've been interested in what's out there in the world, especially exhibitions featuring African-inspired fashion and historical artefacts. So, I did a little research and am ready to share my findings, so that whenever we do plan that trip, you and I both have already something planned on the internary. 

The Museum of African Design (MOAD - Johannesburg, South Africa

MOAD is this cool spot located in the city of Johannesburg, South Africa, and it's a must-visit for anyone interested in African art and design. The museum showcases all sorts of amazing arts that give you a glimpse into the rich culture of Africa.

From traditional African crafts to contemporary art pieces, MOAD has it all. It's not just about looking at cool stuff; it's also about learning and appreciating the stories behind each piece.

“MOAD” devotes itself to exploring the ever-changing African continent and diaspora." -

Museums of the World

With a big open industrial space, the museum showcases all sorts of amazing arts that give you a glimpse into the rich culture of Africa.

Overall, I think your visit to MOAD will be nothing short of incredible. Eye-opening to the beauty and diversity of African art and design

Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (MOCAA), South Africa

MOCAA is something else entirely. It all started with this incredible vision to transform the historic Grain Silo complex at the V&A Waterfront into a hub of contemporary African art. It not only collects art of Africa and the African diaspora but also researches contemporary art.

The museum, with its forty-two massive concrete tubes, each standing 33 meters tall and with a diameter of 5.5 meters, is home to several gorgeous and captivating exhibitions. 

One exhibition in particular seems very interesting. SALA is an exhibition currently visible at the museum. It's a collection of art curated by 17 artists. Where communities and marginalised histories are at the forefront.  

The museum prides itself for not just showcasing an ordinary exhibition, SALA (a word shared by many Nguni languages in South Africa to 'stay well') invites its visitors to come and stay and explore a reimagined museum.

I think MOCAA will be a museum experience like no other. Truly enjoying contemporary Art through a different lens of seeing and experiencing, while being free to form your own opinions and thoughts. An experience I think every museum-lover should have.

The African Heritage House, Nairobi, Kenya

A gorgeous red flame house inspired by mud architecture from the continent in the middle of nowhere. It's something completely different! The African Heritage House is all about celebrating African culture and heritage. 

The house overlooks Nairobi's National Park and showcases Pan-African galleries, filled with African Art and furnishings.

Art from the African Heritage House
By Ondiasa - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,

This house is like a work of art itself. It's designed to resemble a traditional African home with pre-colonial heritage with round walls and thatched roofs. 

Side view of the African Heritage House
By Ondiasa - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,

The American Mr Alan Donavon created this house because of his love and admiration for African culture, preserving the continent's heritage. 

The African Heritage House is not just a gallery but also provides accommodation, giving visitors a full 360 experience. 

After a thread of demolition in 2014, the house was made into a national monument in Kenya, continuing to showcase forgotten African architectural designs. 

The African Heritage House to me is a true testament to African resilience and influence.

Art Gallery, Olumo Rock, Abeokuta, Nigeria

Olumo Rock in Abeokuta, Nigeria is more than just a rock – it's a treasure trove of African culture and art.

Olumo Rock in Nigeria

At Olumo Rock, not only do you get to climb to the top and take in breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape, but you also get to explore a fashion museum and art gallery that celebrates the beauty of Adire fabrics and other African artworks.

What's Adire?

If you have read our other articles you will know that we talk about African prints, mainly African wax fabric (which is also what our clothes are made of, shameless plug). Adire fabrics are slightly different. These are traditional Nigerian textiles that are dyed using a resist dyeing technique.

The result? Stunning patterns and designs that are unique to each piece. The colours, the textures, and the craftsmanship are truly mesmerising!

Women wearing adire fabrics
By Durati - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,

The fashion museum and art gallery at Olumo Rock don't stop at Adire fabrics. There's so much more to see, from woven textiles to beautifully carved wooden sculptures, you'll find yourself immersed in the rich artistic heritage of Africa.

Museum of the African Diaspora

Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) is a contemporary museum located in San Fransisco, US. It's one of the few museums in the states that only showcases the art of people from the African diaspora. The museum celebrates Black culture and is on a journey to educate the world through the lens of the African diaspora.

It presents the rich cultural history of the people of Africa and African decedents across the globe and their history. 

I love that this museum showcases local artists, whilst on a mission to highlight gorgeous art of the African and African diaspora community. Which makes me believe they are on a journey to showcase the cultural similarities and differences amongst Black culture around the globe.

African Fashion and Art museums: Stay Connected

African Fashion and Art Museums are a great way to get to know more about culture and heritage. I think it's a great way to stay connected to your roots and for me it's even a form of inspiration, drawing on history and contemporary events that highlight how amazing we are as a global community. 

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