Living Museum of Bujumbura

The Living Museum of Bujumbura (French: Musée Vivant de Bujumbura) is a zoo and museum in Burundi. The museum is located in Bujumbura (Burundi's largest city and former capital) and is one of the country's public museums. It is dedicated to the wildlife and art of Burundi.[1]

The museum was founded in 1977 and occupies a 3 hectares (7.4 acres) park on the rue du 13 Octobre in downtown Bujumbura. In December 2016, the zoo's collection included six crocodiles, one monkey, one leopard, two chimpanzees, three guinea fowls, a tortoise, an antelope, and a number of snakes and fish.[1] A number of Burundian craftsmen also have workshops on the museum's premises.[1] Several different types of trees stand in the park, alongside a reconstruction of a traditional Burundian house (rugo).

The number of visitors to the museum fell sharply in the aftermath of the 2015 Burundian unrest, following a wider decline in the number of tourists to the country.[2]

References

  1. Irakoze, Inès (13 December 2016). "Le Musée Vivant de Bujumbura, un trésor unique aux oubliettes". Akeza.net. Retrieved 7 January 2017.
  2. "Musée vivant de Bujumbura: Il a subi des pertes d'au moins 10%". Publication de Presse Burundaise. Retrieved 7 January 2017.

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