6. Royal Museum for Central Africa, Belgium

Frozen in time, paint peeling off the walls, brandishing the banner of the forward march of European civilization, the Africa Museum was -- and, in some ways, still is -- a study in political incorrectness. When I first visited it, I was intrigued and appalled by gilded bronze statues in the foyer depicting valiant Mother <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PLGEO00000042" title="Belgium" href="/topic/international/belgium-PLGEO00000042.topic">Belgium</a> eradicating savagery in Africa. A "Gallery of Remembrance" honored Belgian colonists who gave their lives there, with no mention of the millions of indigenous people who died during the often brutal colonial period.<br>
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Frozen in time, paint peeling off the walls, brandishing the banner of the forward march of European civilization, the Africa Museum was -- and, in some ways, still is -- a study in political incorrectness. When I first visited it, I was intrigued and appalled by gilded bronze statues in the foyer depicting valiant Mother Belgium eradicating savagery in Africa. A "Gallery of Remembrance" honored Belgian colonists who gave their lives there, with no mention of the millions of indigenous people who died during the often brutal colonial period.

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