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Ethnographique Museum of Porto Novo

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A place to learn about the people of Benin republic

This is a good idea and when I bring people on a trip with Anago Osho Adventures, the first thing I... read more

Reviewed June 10, 2018
Anago James Ake... O
Lagos State, Nigeria
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Interesting history and museum

This museum is simple but provides an interesting history of Benin. Our guide spoke English and was... read more

Reviewed May 8, 2018
San Francisco, California
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10 Jun 2018
“A place to learn about the people of Benin republic”
8 May 2018
“Interesting history and museum”
Established in the 1960s and Porto Novo’s first museum, this charming museum contains a good collection of historical artifacts.
Porto-Novo, Benin
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Reviewed August 6, 2018

We walked in and found an excellent guide that took us around the museum. Fascinating collection and great overview of Benin, the history and culture. Definitely the best musuem in Porto Novo and on my top 5 for Benin.

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Reviewed June 10, 2018 via mobile

This is a good idea and when I bring people on a trip with Anago Osho Adventures, the first thing I do is to make the tourists learn about the different culture and way of life of the environment people. The museum is rich with...More

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Reviewed May 8, 2018

This museum is simple but provides an interesting history of Benin. Our guide spoke English and was helpful, but there was another person who walked around with us to turn the lights on and off which seemed unnecessary. Definitely worth a visit if you're in...More

Thank tenthlisten
Reviewed April 23, 2018

Stopped there with a friend after a moto tour of the town. The history is revealed again but it is strictly forbidden to take photos

Thank Success2018
Reviewed March 13, 2017

It is small museum; we were only allowed to visit the downstairs of an old house converted for this purpose. So it won´t take you long. But you see masks and disguises used in traditional dances and ceremonies. Unfortunately, photos are not allowed.

1  Thank Mary T
Reviewed December 14, 2016

Although it is only a small exhibit in French, the guide did an excellent job of explaining each piece in clear English. We got a very good overview of the history and culture of the country. As always, the more you ask, the more you...More

Thank tolovetolive
Reviewed November 6, 2016

At a 2-story museum, a contracted guide guides me. Photography is prohibited in the inside. I arrive by car from Cotonou for approximately one hour.

Thank Jet810102
Reviewed January 3, 2016

A poorly maintained collections of dubious quality. The guide did her best to make it sound interesting. There are old Voodou masks, some relics from the Dan-Abomey kingdom. But pretty disappointing for the national museum in the capital city. In the basement there is an...More

Thank geoffandre
Reviewed July 21, 2015

A rather unknown museum, but worth visiting, if you like to know more about the culture and history of Benin. The museum has different Gèlèdè masques, which was for me interesting to see and to hear the story about it, because we visited that before....More

1  Thank Coralikestraveling
Reviewed June 16, 2012

The most interesting part was looking at the map with the different ethnic/tribal groups and having some Q & A with the guide. For the rest of the museum, we would have preferred to walk around ourselves, see the exhibits and read the signs. What...More

1  Thank Becky0222
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