Originally built by the now-defunct Pan Am Airlines, this former luxury hotel, and site of key political meetings is now a decayed but stunning colonial ruin. It is one of the city’s most popular tourist attractions. Security guards will let you in, and it’s fun to roam the once-opulent grounds and ponder the deals sealed around the vast swimming pool.
The National Museum
The National Museum of Liberia is a national museum in Monrovia, Liberia. Initially housed in the First Executive Mansion on Ashmun Street of the city which is now used as a library, it was established by an Act of the National Legislature in 1958 under the administration of Liberia’s 18th President, Dr. William V.S. Tubman.
The National Museum of Liberia is restored, reversing the effect of many years of destruction and neglect. It is housed in one of Monrovia’s oldest buildings, erected in 1843, four years before Liberia’s Declaration of Independence.
This example of typical mid-19th-century Liberian settler architecture was originally designed to house the colony’s first Court House. The three floors of exhibitions collectively entitled Waves of the Time to explore the ebb and flow of Liberia’s history, cultures, peoples and artistic expressions.
Centennial Pavilion, Monrovia
Built-in 1947 to commemorate the centenary of the country’s independence, Centennial Pavilion hosts the presidential inaugurations. On the pavilion’s west side, look for a memorial obelisk dedicated to Liberia’s national heroes. Arrange to visit Centennial Pavilion and other attractions in Monrovia using our Monrovia online vacation planner .