Other Museums of Benin
The Ouidah Museum of History is part of a network of national museums of Benin , located around the country from Porto Novo to Natitingou. These museums include:
The Honmè Museum and Royal Palace of Porto-Novo.
This museum encompasses the three-century old palace of a
branch of the Royal Family of Allada. Through touring the
various courts and rooms of the palace the visitor will have
a sense of the lives and the power of the ruling kings. Open
daily from 9h to 12h and 15h30 to 18h. Telephone 229-20-21-35-66.
The Alexandre Sènou ADANDE Ethnographic Museum.
Housed in a colonial mansion built in 1922, the museum's rich
collection of artifacts, including masks, statuettes, ritual
objects, and armaments, illustrate the wide variety of cultures
and traditions existing in Benin . Open daily from 9h to 12h
and 15h30 to 18h. Telephone 229-20-21-25-54.
The Museum of Akaba-Idénan (the Fortified
Door of Kétou). Though little is known about
the structure's history or its reigning king, the city of
Kétou was in earlier times protected by the fortifications
and religious power of Akaba-Idénan. Visitors are invited
to tour Akaba-Idénan and learn about its mysterious
significance. Open daily from 9h to 12h30 and 15h to 18h.
Museum of Abomey. Installed in the palace of kings Guézo
and Glèlè of Dahomey after the structure was
restored by the Cooperation Francais, the museum collections
include bas-reliefs illustrating historic and political events
of the kingdom, objects associated with Dahomean royalty,
objects of art (including sculpture and textiles), objects
related to the local cults, clothing, and military arms. Open
daily from 8h to 12h30 and 15h to 18h30. 229-22-50-03-14.
The Natitingou Regional Museum. Housed in
the restored ancient colonial-style prefecture, the museum
is dedicated to the civilizations of the Atacora. Most of
the collections are representative of the Otammari socio-cultural
group, and cover topics such as history, colonization, local
ceremony, clothing and musical instruments. Open Monday to
Friday, 8h to 12h30 and 15h to 18h30; open Saturday and Sunday
from 9h to 12h30 and 15h to 18h.
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