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Ouidah Museum of History

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Address: Ouidah, Ouidah, Benin
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Best if combined with the Route of the Slaves

The museum itself is quite sparse, although a good guide can help to bring it altogether to give a good overview. Don't worry there are English speaking guides available and there... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed December 14, 2016
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Naples, Florida
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Symbolic of a dark time in human history, the exhibits are basic and only a few are from the era. If you are in Ouidah it is a must see.

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Geneva, Switzerland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a very basic museum but emblematic enough to be visited. Enjoy some free time and a walk in the surroundings.

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United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 14, 2016

The museum itself is quite sparse, although a good guide can help to bring it altogether to give a good overview. Don't worry there are English speaking guides available and there is no obligation to tip (even if mentioned!). It's best to combine this with the route of the slaves which can be organised through the museum or someone will... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 28, 2016

We were impressed by the tour guide. The museum has just enough in it to make it interesting. The guides explanation in English was well done

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 1, 2016

My colleague took me here to learn about the slave trade & to see the Door of no Return. We started at the museum and were able to get an English speaking guide who took me through the museum - it's a little run down and the artefacts are displayed a bit shabbily but they still are able to tell... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 1, 2016

i think visit to ouidah is must if you came to visit in Benin, the slave route and the musem are intersting locations which you can get short history lesson about the slavery time.

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Bunia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2016

The arch way in the photo is the "Point of Return" on the shore of the sea. Slaves were marched the 4km from Ouidah on the Rue des Esclaves. It is the point of return because the slaves believed there spirits would return even if their bodies did not. The museum is housed in what was the Portuguese fort which... More 

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Cotonou, Benin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 1, 2015

This rather interesting museum is located in the old Forte de São João Baptista de Ajudá. This fort has an interesting history. With its 5 acres (~2 ha), it was at one time the world’s smallest internationally-recognized political unit. It was built on land given to Portugal by King Haffon of Ouidah in 1721, and remained under Portuguese administrative control... More 

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Lagos, Nigeria
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2015

Hmmmmm. This is a must visit if you are in Cotonou. We arrived here and got a volunteer guide to take us around after we paid the official government tariff. Harry our guide was very good and told the stories with a lot of empathy.

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Lisbon, Portugal
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2015

The Ouidah Museum of History contains a small, but very interesting. exhibition of objects related with the history of slavery and the religious and cultural relations between Benin and Brazil, thanks to the trafiic of slaves, brought from Benin in the XVII, XVIII and XIX centuries. The local tour guides are very good, well educated and available to answer all... More 

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