The Ethnographic museum of Praia in Santiago island of Cape Verde, was opened in 1997 to accommodate ethnographic objects collected by then National Institute of Culture (NAC) during the years of 1992 and 1995 in the islands of Santiago, Santo Antão, Boa Vista and Brava.

Inside the Museum

Located in the heart of the city of Praia, this museum invites visitors to imagine everyday experiences particularly in the rural area, showing the creativity of Cabo Verdean men and women, considering the way they adapted to the country and the resources available at their disposal.

Basketry exhibition at the museum

The exhibitions at the museum features categories related to Cabo Verdean traditional economic activities like handcraft (weaving, basketry and pottery), the agriculture, livestock and fishing, play activities which include music and traditional toys.

Cabo Verdean traditional washing equipment

The mission of the museum is to collect, preserve, conserve and perpetuate the Cabo Verdean cultural heritage. It is by nature a space for leisure and most of all, a space to share and learn.

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