I stumbled upon this gem when I was doing research on museums dedicated to the Africans who were viciously and violently brought to brazil against their well. Given that you cannot fully understand Brazilian history without understanding their long history with slavery, I thought there would be numerous museums dedicated to this subject. However, as I started to plan my itinerary, I realized that I was sorely mistaken. It wasn't until an hour into my research did I find this gem. The IPN Museum tells the often forgotten story of slavery....a story that the government would most want to forget.
It starts with an informational video that cannot be missed and then a tour of the mass graves of the slaves who were not given the decency of a proper resting place.
At the end, I asked the woman who showed us in about the homeowners' who selflessly donated the home upon discovering the graves and it turned out that she was their daughter! Through my tears, I thanked her for the important work they are doing. It really affirmed my belief that one person (or one family in this case) can make a difference.
From what I understand, they do not get government funding and lack the resources to market the museum to a mass audience. They rely on word of mouth so please tell everyone you know to visit AND then write a review on google and/or tripadvisor. No matter your race, nationality or heritage, this museum should not be missed.