Must see attractions in Kinshasa

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    Musée National de Kinshasa

    This amazing ethnographic archive comprising some 45,000 objects has been waiting patiently for its new home, a US$10 million prestige investment from South Korea currently under construction in the Lingwala area of the city. In the meantime it's possible to visit the small exhibit here, but also to be shown the warehouses where the rest of collection is currently stored. Ask one of the museum employees about doing this – a tip is expected.

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    Serpents du Congo

    This excellent snake farm is located 28km from downtown Kinshasa and makes for a great day out. Owner Franck will gladly show you the poisonous and nonpoisonous snakes here, and you even have the opportunity to hold some of the less aggressive ones. It's important to call ahead to reserve an appointment, and also to ensure that Franck gives your driver instructions on how to reach the farm.

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    Palais de la Nation

    Built in 1956 as the official residence of the Belgian governor general in Kinshasa, the Palais de la Nation was where Congo's first president, Patrick Lumumba, denounced colonialism during a speech following his election to the presidency following the country's independence in 1960. It is today the home to the DRC president's administration and is closed to the public.

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    Laurent Kabila's Tomb

    This tomb of former president Laurent Kabila (1939-2001) is worth seeing, although reaching it involves passing through several layers of security in the middle of Kinshasa's main government and diplomatic quarter. As well as the tomb itself, you'll see a North Korean–made statue of the man himself, holding a book and waving his finger in the air.

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    Marché Central

    This one of the largest markets in Central Africa, and is worth visiting for the intrepid. Watch your belongings (better still, bring nothing with you at all) and be sure to go with a local who knows the place.

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    Palais du Peuple

    The Palais du Peuple (People's Palace) is home to DRC's legislature, made up of the National Assembly and Senate. It is not open to the public.

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    Académie des Beaux-Arts

    This regarded art school has loads of sculpture around the grounds, and you can often see students and professors at work.

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    Nôtre Dame Cathedral

    Built under Belgian rule in 1947, this brick cathedral is one of Kinshasa's most important religious buildings.

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    Église Ste Anne

    Part of a large missionary compound, the Église Ste Anne is Kinshasa's main Catholic church.