Musée Dapper was a french museum specializing in African art. It closed on 18 June 2017. The Dapper Foundation is still located at the same premises in the 16th arrondissement of Paris at 35 rue Paul Valéry, Paris, France.To visit Musee Dapper on your trip to Paris, use our Paris sightseeing planner.
The museum opened in 1986, as an effort of the Olfert Dapper Foundation, and is named in honor of a Dutch humanist who in 1668 published an encyclopaedic description of Africa. In addition to its ongoing series of art exhibitions, the museum sponsored:
dance featuring choreographers including Josiane Antourel (Martinique), Tchekpo Dan Agbetou (Bénin) and Irène Tassembedo (Burkina Faso);
concerts featuring musicians such as Guem (Algeria/Niger), Ballaké Sissoko (Mali), Omar Sosa (Cuba), So Kalmery (DRC), Mariann Matheus (Guadeloupe), Jeff Baillard, and the group Xtrem’Jam (Martinique);
plays including Atterrissage (Kangni Alem), directed by Denis Mpunga, and Les Enfants de la mer, an adaptation by the Martinique playwright José Exélis of the work by Edwidge Danticat;
children’s shows (storytelling, circus, puppet shows), including Histoires du monde, performed by Naïf Théâtre, and Golotoé ou la gourde divine, by Danaye Kalanfeï;
Musee Dapper Reviews
Private museum but a hidden gem for anyone interested in African art and culture. Incredible sculptures and masks with some dating back nearly 1000 years. Beautifully curated with nice lighting and... more »
This small museum organized a beautiful exhibition from their own collection which spanned "African" art from various cultures on the Continent. It is worth a visit. more »
Two large galleries with changing exhibitions of a wonderful and well-displayed collection of African art, both historical and contemporary. Informative labels (in French only). Readings, film screenings, and other events. No cloakroom. Reasonable admission prices. Not as crowded as the big Paris museums.
We came here as a recommendation of the Ricki Stevenson's Black Paris Tours. Definitely a worth while visit due to the low price. Be warned everything is only in french.
Plan your trip to Paris
Get a personalized planA complete day-by-day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your plan. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Book itChoose from the best hotels
and activities. Up to 50% off
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
Popular things to do in Paris
See all ›
See all ›©©©
Duration: 2h 30 min
Duration: 2 hours
Duration: 1h 30 min
Duration: 1h 30 min
Hidden gems in Paris
See all ›
Nearby attractions in Paris
Plans to Musee Dapper by other users
60 days in Asia, United States, Europe & Canada BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA May, popular sights Preferences: May Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 55 days in Paris BY A USER FROM TURKEY June, popular sights Preferences: June Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 36 days in London & Paris BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, popular sights Preferences: May Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 33 days in Paris BY A USER FROM SOUTH KOREA May, popular sights Preferences: May Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 18 days in Paris BY A USER FROM FRANCE July, popular sights Preferences: July Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 60 days in Paris BY A USER FROM INDIA January, culture, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, popular sights Preferences: January, culture, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium