Ouidah Museum of History, Ouidah

Examine a rich collection of cultural significance at Ouidah Museum of History, which gives an intimate understanding of the region's history. Restored and reopened in 1967, the 1 hectare (2.47 acre) museum was once a Portuguese fort and slave trade center. The compound contains a chapel, military garrison and barracks, and a residence within its walls--though not all structures house exhibits. Head to the residence to inspect a variety of memorabilia and archaeological relics, some of which date back to prehistoric times. Should you need assistance, hire a trained curator to guide you through the museum. Put Ouidah Museum of History at the forefront of your travel plans using our Ouidah trip itinerary maker website .
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  • You have to pay an entrance fee to access the door, a local guide gives some summary explanations. Of little historical interest because the gate is a recent monument which has the sole purpose of the "memory" of slavery organized in concert by the kings of abomey and the Portuguese. You have to document yourself before the visit and discuss the subject afterwards. Interesting for the youngest because it allows to initiate a discussion on social relations in Africa and the role of Europeans on this continent.
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  • A great road that brings to the beach where were embarked the slaves. It's just moving to know that thousands of people have gone to this place without appalling conditions.
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  • Amazing museum, really well preserved and its even free. It represents really well the cultural heritage and the history. I am begging you to go and visit, it is amazing!
  • A lot of history!!! You must hear and see for yourself. The history of the trans Atlantic slave trade and African kingdoms that existed during the time is truly a revealing one. It's amazing how black communities in the diaspora (in places such as South America and the Caribbean) have preserved certain elements of their culture for centuries and the striking similarities between those cultures and that of certain West African communities today. P.S. This museum needs a face lift however... without damaging the history; I felt that it wasn't in the best shape.
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