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Fondation Zinsou, Cotonou

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Browse pieces of art ranging from abstract to traditional, conceptualist, and naïve genres at Fondation Zinsou, a modern exhibition center for the promotion of contemporary African arts. Established in 2005, the foundation has its headquarters in a refurbished 90-year-old colonial mansion, which includes both a permanent collection and seasonal shows. Run by a daughter of Benin's ex-prime minister and investment banker, the center also features exhibits like African LP records, and has a brightly painted school bus offering art tours and workshops to children. With our international travel planner, Cotonou attractions like Fondation Zinsou can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • Just visited the foundation today. The museum has been closed since December 2019 and is not planning to be opened anytime soon in Cotonou. The staff here says that theres a museum in Ouida that’s...  more »
  • Trekked to this place that is often mentioned as a destination in Cotinou. Cab driver didn't know where it was and had to ask numerous times. On arriving found only thing open was the nice gift...  more »
  • They have shut down the museum in the Cotonou branch and have not publicized this so if you go there expecting to see an exhibition you get shocked when I asked was told to go to Ouidah ! The place is just one room with no proper air conditioning. The directions on the website are also erroneous it says the place is opposite the central police station but that is is not where it is. Not a good experience over hyped for nothing.
  • The concept of Foundation Zinsou is amazing. Every 4 months, a new story is told with images and other materials. During my visit, the story was about African materials known as "Hollandis" and it was very informative. You need to understand French or go with an interpreter as the guide speaks just French.

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