Too many national parks? Bored with the astounding natural richness of Cameroon? While this is probably the reason why you came to the country in the first place, we can understand: sometimes the brain of a traveler needs to be engaged in different ways, and Cameroon is the place to do it. The largest cities in the region, Yaoundé and Douala, are home to a thriving art and culture scene, and these are some of the top locations to engage in the intellectual life of Cameroon:
- Doual’Art: Founded by Marilyn Douala Bell and Didier Schaub in 1991, this is one of the premier destinations for contemporary African art enthusiasts, hosting many exhibitions by “western” artists. They host roughly a dozen events every year, with many more initiatives outside the gallery, in the so-called public art field.
- Blackitude Museum: A private ethnological museum in Yaoundé, founded by Her Majesty Queen Nana Agnes in the year 2000, by offering a place inherited by her father.
- Bimbia: A candidate for recognition as a UNESCO heritage site, this was one of the largest slave ports in all of Western Africa. A sobering visit, and a lasting one.
- National Museum of Yaoundé: Your one-stop destination for learning about the rich history and politics of this area of the continent.
- Bandjoun Station: Established in 2008, it’s the premier multi-cultural space in Cameroon and it is located in the town of Bandjoun. It features a library, 2 exhibition areas, a cinema hall and, more importantly, 15 living quarters for many artists who were offered temporary residencies in order to work on their art projects: the results were then exhibited here.
- artBakery: Located in Bonendale, a few miles out of Douala, it’s not just an art space but it also organizes courses and master classes for aspiring journalists.