Tourist Attraction in Conakry: Musée national de Sandervalia
The Sandervalia National Museum (French: Musée national de Sandervalia) is the national museum of Guinea, situated in the capital, Conakry. Most of the rooms are empty, but it contains a limited display of traditional objects from different regions of Guinea, as well as objects and statues from the colonial era. Various craft items are for sale. Between 1959 and 1984 Guinea was controlled by a totalitarian state that established Islam as the state religion and confiscated almost all religious art. In parallel, a policy to encourage traditional folklore led to foundation of the museum, Les Ballets Africains and Radio Télévision Guinéenne. The museum was founded in 1960 to house examples of traditional arts. After the military coup of 1984 the restrictions on indigenous religion were lifted. The museum, with much of its collection now lost, became a center for the small artistic community in Conakry. In the early 1990s it sponsored various conferences for citizens interested in culture.