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Museum of Foumban


Situated in the West Region, we couldn’t have left this region without stopping at Foumban to visit its palace and museum. Waking early the next morning in Bafoussam we drove to Foumban to see the great works of King Njoya, a descendant of Nchare Yen, the founder of the Bamoum dynasty. We drove past Foumbot and Koutaba, enjoying the beautiful landscapes, the exuberant market at Foumbot, a market rich in foodstuffs. Finally we arrived Foumban, checked-in our hotel and about 30 mins after, and moved to the Foumban palace and museum for our long awaited visit.

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  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Children, Culture, History, Trekking
  • Activity Level Moderate
  • Group Size Small Group
All about the Museum of Foumban.
The present Sultan, Ibrahim MBOMBO NJOYA, the 19th of this dynasty, driven by the immeasurable concern to safeguard this rich multisecular heritage bequeathed by his ancestors, has undertaken for nearly two years, the construction of a new museum adapted to the rules of museums and sufficiently spacious to contain all the objects of the collection.
The architect appointed by the Sultan, who is also a son of the land, in perfect agreement with the Sultan, has thought of an architecture that combines tradition and modernity and that, in itself, is enough to be a museum even if there is no exhibition in it. This architecture is a set composed of the Kingdom’s coat of arms which are
1 – Double bell: Symbol of patriotism. It is an instrument used by the King to stimulate and galvanize his troops at the front.
2-The spider: Symbol of work. The King wants his people to be as hard-working as the spider that spends all its time weaving webs.
3-Two headed snake: symbol of the simultaneous victory of the Bamoun people on two fronts. It symbolises the power of the Kingdom.
NB : The Bamum museum is not yet operational, it will be after the inauguration at the next Ngouon Festival which will be held in December 2021.
Nevertheless, the Sultan has allowed experimental visits before the inauguration to allow the museum to start preparing for the grand opening.
The visit of the old museum also remains (located near the palace)
The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

slam and the Grand Mosque of Foumban

After the Germans invaded the area, the sultan was killed and there was a power struggle for the throne. The son of the killed sultan, Njoya, ended up on the throne and negotiated with Germans to be under their rule, but to retain a bit of sovereignty. One thing he did was convert the kingdom to Islam, which remains a defining characteristic of Foumban, which is located in a more Christian part of the country.

Artisans and Handicrafts

In addition to the royal palace, the other main attraction of Foumban are the artisans and handicrafts. There are extensive shops and stall selling a variety of handicrafts, but of particular interest to me were the shoe makers and the brass sculptors.