Ouidah Museum of History
Ouidah Museum of History
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JamesFFC
Maidenhead, UK617 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
It is well worth walking the whole of the Route des esclaves. You can start from the Ouidah Museum of History and end at the gate of no return. The museum itself has some fascinating images showing the assimilation that took place from west African slaves bringing food, dance, and culture over to the Americas. The artifacts and images from the slave trade are horrific and it really makes you think about the dreadful conditions these people were forced into. Well worth the time to tour around.

Entrance is free although, at the end of the tour, you donate what you want to the guide. Guides can be conducted in both French and English.
Written February 19, 2020
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Agena
Kampala, Uganda28 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Business
It's quite an emotional journey following the route of the slaves. It is unbelievable what kind of cruelity they experienced. And to think that this was being done to them by fellow human being is pathetic. May this never happened again ever.
Written February 27, 2019
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Oyesola
West Bridgford, UK1,138 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Friends
It used to be the old Portuguese fort that is now a museum but unfortunately the English speaking guide was not around when we went. We were told he had gone to Cotonou and we could either wait for like 5 hours or return. We left!
Written January 23, 2019
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Bright Tour
Greater Accra, Ghana46 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Friends
This year Benin Voodoo festival was the best ever. Our guest enjoyed lot of fun and learn more about African cultures, traditions and believes.
Written January 17, 2019
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jasmine
Madison, WI161 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Couples
My view may be a bit cloudy because it was an emotional place for me. This was a former slave Portuguese Fort that has been turned into a museum and you walk around rooms where pictures describe the unspeakable horrors slaves endured. We were on tour and the guide had arranged an English speaking guide for us who's a decent from a Brazilian slave who repatriated to Benin after slavery ended in Brazil. Of course, he admitted that his great grandfather at the time did not have knowledge of which country his ancestors had come from originally in Africa but he was following the wave of Brazilians who decided to call Ouidah home.

I can't imagine visiting the museum without a guide because many of the pictures do not come with stories and that means you will miss out on so much. Plus the guide can help take you to the gate of no return which I think is part of the museum and also to other memorials which are there to honor slaves and the lives lost. It's a must do trip but just make sure to bring a guide!
Written March 22, 2018
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malakal
Monrovia, Liberia71 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2014 • Solo
I was reluctant to hire a guide but, that is the best choice. I high recommend NOT to hire the opportunist people that always will surround to you there but hire one at Municipality Turist Office, particularly to Mr. CARLOMAGNO, the most well english speaker guy there. He is the guy who build some of the monuments along the way to reach the slaves-gate (on the pic). (he's kindly, selfless, and he will take care well of your necesities, avoiding thieves). On the gate there are not too much to see, the beach is nice even looks abandoned. This slaves-rute and a free musem (zinsao... -I'm not sure about the name) is the best (and unique) realy nice thing to know in all the country. Price approx. 20 USD.
Written January 14, 2015
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Jeffro M
Cotonou, Benin8 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2014 • Business
Got take on a tour by an amusing local and he jovially explained there was no money in the treasure box. Get a book called the Viceroy of Ouidah to find out more about the place and the Da Silvas. Yayi Bonis wife is a DaSilva.
Written November 17, 2014
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nadahm311
London, UK56 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Solo
Worth a visit for the important but sad slave history. Also very beautiful architecturally and poignant. There were local guides and definitely worth getting one.
Written June 21, 2019
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_steph91986
Roseville, CA305 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Friends
We walked the slave route starting from chacha place and ended at the gate of no return. A very powerful walk thinking about what the slaves that went through here went through. Would definitely recommend this.
Written February 24, 2019
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Ernest O
Accra, Ghana173 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Friends
The gate of no return was an amazing historic places one must not miss should they visit Benin. Along the way statues that has different meaning could be seen and with a good guide one will get their meanings
Written February 4, 2019
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