Tourist Attraction in Bamako: Musée National du Mali
The Malí National Museum is an archaeological and anthropological museum located in Bamako, the capital of Mali. It presents permanent and temporary exhibitions on the history of Mali, as well as the musical instruments, clothes and ritual objects associated with various ethnic groups in Mali. Concrete models of several important cultural landmarks, such as the mosques of Djenné and Timbuktu, are on display outside on the museum grounds. The National Museum began under French colonial rule as the Sudanese Museum, part of the Institut Français d'Afrique Noire, under Théodore Monod. It was opened on February 14, 1953, under the direction of the Ukrainian archaeologist Y. Shumowskyi. The archaeologist Shumovskyi had worked in the museum for nine years, collecting a significant portion of the properties. With the independence of the Malian Republic in the 1960s, the Sudanese Museum became the National Museum of Mali, with the new goals of promoting national unity and celebrating Malian traditional culture. However, the lack of financial resources and the absence of qualified personnel caused a deterioration of the museum's collections. On March 30, 1956, the National Museum moved into a new cemented structure, created by architect Jean-Loup Pivin from traditional Malian designs. Since the 1996 election of former archaeologist Alpha Oumar Konaré to the presidency of Mali, the museum's funding has increased considerably, leaving it among the best in West Africa. The museum often hosts part of African Photography Encounters, a bi-annual photography activity. In June 2006, Samuel Sidibé, director of the National Museum of Mali, signed a collaboration agreement with Aga Khan Trust for Culture. The agreement provided the Museum with a new information technology system and an improvement in the conservation structures of its collections. It was based on a memorandum of cooperation between the Ministry of Culture of Mali and the Trust, concerning the conservation of terrestrial architecture. The agreement establishes a plan for the AKTC Museum Project unit to support and work with the National Museum of Mali. A digital database of the Museum's collections and a digital archive of images and sounds will be created, with technical equipment, software and training provided by the Trust. In addition, the archeology and fabric reserve collections will be reorganized, with the support to be provided for the construction of a new building for conservation and restoration work. The containers specially designed for the classification, conservation and conservation of archaeological artefacts will be installed in the Museum's storage areas, while the tissue storage area will also receive new equipment that meets international standards for the conservation of precious materials. The work must be done through a joint collaboration between the Museum and the AKTC.