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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

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.


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.