Museum of French Guianese Culture: a historical witness

Museum of French Guianese Culture: a historical witness

A spectacular collection of ethnographic objects from the many peoples who built French Guiana, from the first Native American settlements to the recent immigration of Hmong and Haitians.

Since 2010, the cities of Belém in Brazil and Paramaribo in Surinam joined forces with French Guiana to create a network of Amazon museums. Established in 1995 and housed in a renovated creole house downtown, this museum has been labelled 'Musée de France'. Its rich collections reflect the cultural diversity of French Guiana, with Native American and colonial archaeology departments, iconographic and historical collections, as well as sound and documentary archives.

Because of a lack of space, the rue Madame Payé accommodates the two annexes. The first is at No. 54, a reconstruction of an old creole house that belonged to Herménégilde Tell, Félix Éboué's father-in-law. It reveals past ways of life in urban milieu. The second, at No. 78, is dedicated to temporary exhibitions and also offers a documentation centre specialised in the cultures, ethnic groups, and traditional societies of the Guiana Shield.

Museum of French Guianese Culture
54-78 rue Madame Payé
97300 Cayenne

+594 (0)5 94 31 41 72