Chad National Museum

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Chad National Museum
Established1962
LocationN'Djamena, Chad
CoordinatesCoordinates: 12°07′32″N 15°04′39″E / 12.125454°N 15.077433°E / 12.125454; 15.077433
Typenational museum

The Chad National Museum (Musée national du Tchad) is the national museum of Chad. It is located in the capital city of N'Djamena, near Kempinski Hotel N'Djamena. The museum was established on October 6, 1962 in temporary quarters under the name of Chad National Museum, Fort-Lamy, reflecting the earlier, colonial name of Chad's capital. In 1964, it moved to the former town hall, near the Place de l'Indépendance.

At the time of the Chad National Museum's establishment, it had four rooms for prehistory, protohistory, archives, folk arts, crafts and traditions.[1]

The prehistory room, at least in 1965, included items related to pebble culture, including material from the Amgamma cliff, Paleolithic implements, axes with helve-holes, nether millstones, and quartz and obsidian arrowheads. The museum at one time included a full-sized ochre reproduction of a hunting scene from the first millennium B.C. Its collection also included baked bricks, some attributed to Boulala and Babalia people. These items were discovered at the Bouta-Kabira sanctuary including human masks, bronze objects and bone tools.[1]

Many of its artifacts have been lost due to the instability in the country. It has a notable collection of musical instruments.[2]

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  1. ^ a b Jean-Paul Lebeuf (1965). "The Chad National Museum, Fort-Lemy" (PDF). Museum (UNESCO). XVIII (3 (The Role of Museums in Contemporary Africa)): 150–153. Retrieved 2007-03-10.
  2. ^ N'Djamena, Chad SIBMAS International Directory of Performing Arts Collections and Institutions Archived September 27, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.