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7012 Rue des Missions, R Opposite of Central Police Station, Cotonou 01BP7053 Benin
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Visit of Porto Novo: the Capital of Benin
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Visit of Porto Novo: the Capital of Benin

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Crossroads of two cultures: that of the Yoruba on the one hand, and the Gouns on the other, Porto-novo is a must-see city, not because of its status as Capital, but because of its historical and cultural significance.<br><br>Its name evoking a Portuguese city is not Andean, since the city was formerly a colony of the country. Witness its buildings with Afro-Brazilian architectures. It is also called the city with three names, since in addition to Porto-Novo, is it also known by the names Hognonou and Adjathè, respectively Goun and Yoruba. Three, it is also the number of essential museums in the city: the Honm museum which is the former palace of the kings of Hogbonou, the da Silva museum created by an Afro-Brazilian family, and the ethnographic museum which offers you collections of the Regional Center of the French Institute of Black Africa (IFAN).
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David wrote a review Feb 2020
2 contributions1 helpful vote
Just visited the foundation today. The museum has been closed since December 2019 and is not planning to be opened anytime soon in Cotonou. The staff here says that theres a museum in Ouida that’s currently open. What’s left of the museum here is just a shop of books and textiles. It also acts as a cafe, although the cafe staff is not very friendly. When I asked if there’s a book about the museum history (since the museum is closed and I came all the way), they pointed me to a book. However, to sit down and read it, they demanded me to buy something to drink at the cafe. Or I could not use the chairs and had to stand. There was no other customer and all seats were empty. In the end, I had to stand there glancing through the book. This experience left a rather bad taste in the mouth and in my few contradictory to what the foundation is about - advocating the art of Africa. For future visitors, may best visit the museum in Ouida.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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R W wrote a review Feb 2020
Asheville, United States44 contributions10 helpful votes
Trekked to this place that is often mentioned as a destination in Cotinou. Cab driver didn't know where it was and had to ask numerous times. On arriving found only thing open was the nice gift shop. Thought there were at least some permanent exhibitions but apparently not. Passed library which is some distance removed.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Laura S wrote a review Nov 2019
Bamako, Mali81 contributions49 helpful votes
This is an essential resource for anyone interested in culture or art in Benin. I saw the wax fabric exhibit and the history of Cotonou exhibit, both of which were beautiful and interesting. The guide did an exceptional job of balancing being informative with letting us explore and process on our own. I also enjoyed the shop - perfect for buying unique gifts and a milkshake.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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70ava wrote a review Jan 2019
Beijing, China582 contributions261 helpful votes
modern, informative, free and good guiding. It was easily worth the 1.5 hours we spent there. Have a look at their shop and furniture covers - extremely colorful
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Date of experience: January 2019
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Anne K wrote a review Dec 2018
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This museum and educational foundation is not to be missed in any trip to Benin. Even if you don’t know anything about contemporary African Art— or, like me, think maybe you secretly don’t even like contemporary art very much, because sometimes it’s so hard to grasp— I entreat you to visit this place! The exhibition guides are so well trained and explain the art in a plain-spoken, very clear and interactive way that is both enlightening and enjoyable. It’s a wonderful place for kids, families, art experts and newcomers to contemporary art alike. I’ve visited art museums around the world and have never seen one quite like this. A super special place.
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Date of experience: November 2018
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