Information about Burkina Faso: Burkina Faso is a landlocked country in West Africa. It covers an area of around 274,200 square kilometres and is surrounded by six countries: Mali to the north; Niger to the east; Benin to the southeast; Togo and Ghana to the south; and Ivory Coast to the southwest. Its capital is Ouagadougou. In 2017, its population was estimated at just over 20 million. Burkina Faso is a francophone country, with French as the official language of government and business. Read More...

Museums And Heritage

National Museum of Burkina Faso

National Museum of Burkina Faso After its long-awaited move to new premises, the Musée National has been left a little out on a limb, almost 10km east of the town centre. The displays of the various masks, ancestral statues and traditional costumes of Burkina Faso’s major ethnic groups are the highlights.


Built in the 1930s, Ouagadougou Cathedral is one of the largest and biggest cathedrals in Burkina Faso and West Africa. The building design and architecture is quite intriguing, the walls were built with mud brick and the design is attributed to and reminiscent of Romanesque Basilica of Europe.


The National Museum of Music in Ouagadougou began its collection in 1998 and has several hundred musical instruments including balafons and bara drums. Opened in 1990, a Provincial Museum of Music in Bobo-Dioulasso housing a number of traditional instruments.

The National Museum of Music

Communal Museum Sogossira Sanon– A small museum that showcases masks, statues and ceremonial dress from all over Burkina Faso. There are full-scale examples of traditional buildings inside the grounds.


Museum of Senufo culture– This cultural center whose enclosure is richly decorated aims to enhance the material heritage Senufo through the exhibition of tools, textile pieces, ritual objects and daily life. You can discover beautiful pieces that Logboro Fousséni Traoré will be happy to explain.


Moro Naba or Naaba Ceremony lasts just about 15 minutes and it takes place every Friday around 7:00pm at the palace of the Moro Naba. The Moro Naba, king of the Mossi Empire is the most powerful traditional ruler in the country, and his palace is located in the center of Ouagadougou. The city was founded in the 15th century and became capital of the Mossi Empire. The brief ceremony sees the Mossi chiefs who arrive at the palace and then take their position according to their ranks. The Moro Naba appears garbed in red for war, on a horse and a canon is fired.

The National Museum of Music

The National Museum of Music in Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso was once the center for development of African architecture and urban planning. Since then it was renovated and revamped to accommodate the more precious museum. The storey building; which is the museum stands vehemently at the center of the city, thus guaranteeing the much needed accessibility. This National Museum of Music holds some of the greatest musical and traditional instruments which are part of the diverse communities in Burkina Faso and which are in use even today.


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