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Address: Goree Island, Dakar, Senegal
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This centuries-old house served as a processing center for African slaves.

This centuries-old house served as a processing center for African slaves.

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Being able to stand and explore this house were so much suffering has occurred and really shook me. This is a must see in Dakar.

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Leek, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is definitely worth a visit but beware.....firstly it is a place of much suffering in the past and really is a place of deep reflection....secondly it is full of people trying to sell you there wares which detracts from the whole experience.....shame but it is a fact. Historically a very moving place but beware the sellers.

Thank filtercottageleek
London, England, United Kingdom
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220 reviews
60 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Located on Goree island, approximately 15-20 minutes from mainland Dakar, this, like the island is a must visit location. It is one of the unique places which attempts to preserve and tell the very cruel story of the slave trade era in the region. The house itself isn’t big, and its not really much of a museum, just really a... More 

Thank Vishna
Athens, Greece
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36 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Not much to see. It is more a place of contemplation... The whole island is worth a visit, even more to stay there overnight.

Thank Harris P
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12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Being able to stand and explore this house were so much suffering has occurred and really shook me. This is a must see in Dakar.

Thank solotraveller02
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43 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

this is the original island where the slaves were dispatched to America, which went on for hundreds of years. Very emotional place to visit and to see the dark side of humanity with the subjugation of one race against another. Give yourself the whole afternoon to visit the site substantially.

Thank rwilliamson5
Ottawa, Canada
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25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spent most of a day on Goree Island. The island is an interesting place to visit. La Maison des Esclaves is a very emotional space. I recommend visiting with a guide to fully understand how the slaves were treated in this place.

Thank Micheline D
Tananarive, Antananarivo, Madagascar
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23 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

La Maison des Esclaves is a must view in Dakar, in Goree Islands. You get there by ferry for around 15 min. The islands is interesting and quite relaxing but the vendors and guides and whatever are really bothering you! So an advice, tell them toughly and straight if you want to enjoy your journey.

Thank Andrianaivo
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25 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The house is one of those must sees but dont expect too much from it as a "museum". there are some basic panels giving information but its not that great as a museum. One wonders if the limited info and context in the museum is in order to ensure the islands many guides get business...

Thank globetrotteuse75
Geneva, Switzerland
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68 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017 via mobile

So you take a taxi ride of 15 mins to go to the port and then take a ferry which takes 10 mins to take you to Gorée island where this place is. It is very interesting but not for the faint hearted (like me). Unfortunately we had a plane to catch so couldn't stay longer to explore better....

1 Thank Breshna Orya
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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238 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2017

A short 20 mins ferry ride away from Dakar, this island is full of history, very interesting to learn about the slave island. A very touristy area with many souvenirs venders, which I found them to be pretty aggressive as they follow you around and pester you to buy things. The local art with the sand is also very beautiful.... More 

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