Musée Dapper was a french museum specializing in African art. It closed on 18 June 2017. The Dapper Foundation is still located at the same premises in the 16th arrondissement of Paris at 35 rue Paul Valéry, Paris, France.To visit Musee Dapper on your trip to Paris, use our Paris sightseeing planner.
The museum opened in 1986, as an effort of the Olfert Dapper Foundation, and is named in honor of a Dutch humanist who in 1668 published an encyclopaedic description of Africa. In addition to its ongoing series of art exhibitions, the museum sponsored:
dance featuring choreographers including Josiane Antourel (Martinique), Tchekpo Dan Agbetou (Bénin) and Irène Tassembedo (Burkina Faso);
concerts featuring musicians such as Guem (Algeria/Niger), Ballaké Sissoko (Mali), Omar Sosa (Cuba), So Kalmery (DRC), Mariann Matheus (Guadeloupe), Jeff Baillard, and the group Xtrem’Jam (Martinique);
plays including Atterrissage (Kangni Alem), directed by Denis Mpunga, and Les Enfants de la mer, an adaptation by the Martinique playwright José Exélis of the work by Edwidge Danticat;
children’s shows (storytelling, circus, puppet shows), including Histoires du monde, performed by Naïf Théâtre, and Golotoé ou la gourde divine, by Danaye Kalanfeï;
Musee Dapper Reviews
Private museum but a hidden gem for anyone interested in African art and culture. Incredible sculptures and masks with some dating back nearly 1000 years. Beautifully curated with nice lighting and... more »
This small museum organized a beautiful exhibition from their own collection which spanned "African" art from various cultures on the Continent. It is worth a visit. more »
Two large galleries with changing exhibitions of a wonderful and well-displayed collection of African art, both historical and contemporary. Informative labels (in French only). Readings, film screenings, and other events. No cloakroom. Reasonable admission prices. Not as crowded as the big Paris museums.
We came here as a recommendation of the Ricki Stevenson's Black Paris Tours. Definitely a worth while visit due to the low price. Be warned everything is only in french.
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