Heritages and Museums



The Cotton Tree is a Ceiba pentandra, a historic symbol of Freetown, the capital city of Sierra Leone. According to legend, the “Cotton Tree” gained importance in 1792 when a group of former African American slaves, who had gained their freedom by fighting for the British during the American War of Independence, settled the site of modern Freetown.

The Sierra Leone Peace Museum is in its first phase. The site is being established and the collection is growing. However, the Peace Museum is an ongoing project and in order to be established as a properly functioning national institution it requires further resources and funding. The Peace Museum requests both big and small donations.

The National Railway Museum has several steam/diesel locomotives and carriages, including one used by HM Queen Elizabeth II during her state visit. All have been restored. A guide will usually show guests around.

Sierra Leone’s National Museum is located at the centre of Freetown under the branches of the city’s famous Cotton Tree. It is the hub of many cultural activities in Freetown and holds an important collection of Sierra Leonean artefacts and artworks.

St. George’s Cathedral is an historical Church Mission Society Anglican church in Freetown, Sierra Leone. The church was one of the grandest churches in Freetown, and had one of the highest attendance ratings for a church.


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