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  Outside the Museum in Porto Nuovo
by janiebaxter

The museums I visited in Benin were excellent. The people are proud of their culture and history and it is very well documented with dates, photographs and many interesting exhibits in the museums of the main cities. All the museums I visited were located in historical buildings, either an old Palace (Porto Nuovo, Abomey) or slave Fort (Ouidah).
Most museum exhibits do not have English explanations, they are in French, so it is a good idea and well worth it to get an English speaking guide to take you around. They are extremely knowledgeable about the history and the displays and are very friendly.
The only disappointment is that you cannot take photographs inside any of the museums.
The Museums I visited are:
Porto Nouvo ethnographic and Guelede Masks Museum
Abomey Kings Palace History Museum
Ouidah Portugese Fort Slavery Museum
Ouidah Sacred Forest Voodoo exhibition

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Apr 17, 2008
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