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Museum AVIMADJESSI

A smuseum gathering all the ancient masks from all over the world and collected for over 40 years by a former Business diplomat. This museum on a story is located 7 km away from Ouidah on the right alongside of  the road to the district of Pahou.

The Forts of slave Trade taking example from the French, the Danish came to settle in Ouidah with the help of French who acted as the go-between for the Danish and the king of Abomey. In the meantime, as the Danish experienced some fall in the slave business, they handed the fort over to the French who turned it into their first military camp during the colonialepoch in 1893.

In 1960, as Benin, then DAhomey, got its independence, the French destroyed the fort. Since the revolutionary era, it has been turned into a public primary school at SOGBADJI where there are still some of its ruins.

Zinsou Fondation Museum

A private museum which pisplays permanents contemporary artwork in one of the historical afro-brazilian buildings in Ouidah: “Villa ADJAVON”.

The Sun Museum

This museum is located in an Afro-brazilian building and tells intermixing story of different people in Ouidah. You can also discover  some colonial relics.

The Non-back door museum

It presents you a summary of the history of the Slave Tradeand the huge movement of the African-Americans towards their native land.

The house of Mémory

Brazil and there came the name Casa do Brazil. Anyhow, you’ll find a permanent exhibition on women’s achievements.

The History Museum of Ouidah

The museum is built in the former Portuguese Fort where you can see the relics related to the global history of slavery. In actual fact, it tells the history of the slave trade from the sixteenth to the nineteenth century and displays as well the exhibition of Mr Pierre VERGER, a French Photographerlinking the voodoo divinities of Africa, especially the ones in Ouidah and those presently in Latin America, in Bahia (BRAIZL). The emblems of the different kings of ABOMEY.

The Historic Museum of Ouidah

The Ouidah Historic Museum has a large number of objects and illustrations of historical and cultural importance, all that allow visitor to clearly understand the past of the region. The museum collections are assembled in the six main themes : The Portuguese Fort (the location of the museum), The Kingdom of Xweda, The Kingdom of Dahomey, the Slave Trade, Voodou and cultural links between Benin and the New World (Americas).

The museum is located inside the Portuguese Fort at Ouidah. Originally, this was where the Portuguese traded slaves, and throughout its history until it was taken by the kingdom of Dahomey, the Fort served as a Portuguese diplomatic site in the area. After it became, in 1961, ownership of Dahomey, the government began its restoration and in 1967, the fort became the History Museum of Ouidah.

The fort covers about one hectare and its walls housed officials from Portugal, a chapel, a garrison and barracks. The museum collections are housed, mostly in the temporary residence and the exhibitions in the chapel.
The museum houses important collections accumulated as a result of several excavations in the area of Savi and Ouidah, including those run by Merrick Posnansky of the University of California at Los Angeles, by Ken Kelly of the University of South Carolina, by Neil Norman of the University of Virginia. A part from the U.S. universities the museum cooperates in the framework of a research program with the University of Abomey-Calavy in Benin.

The museum is managed by a professional curator, Micheline Egounlety, and employs several highly qualified guides. It is part of the museum system governed by the Benin Ministry of Culture, Handicrafts and Tourism.
 

 

With financial support from GTZ GmbH under the PDDC Programm

 
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