The Museum of Ouidah 's permanent collections depict the
history and traditions of the region's inhabitants. Beginning
with artifacts from the old Portuguese
Fort (in which the Museum of Ouidah is housed), the collections
proceed to describe through objects, imagery, and artifacts
the history of the kingdom of Xwéda
and kingdom of Dahomey, both
of which were dependent on the trade
in enslaved individuals with Europeans for riches and
power. Photos and artifacts portray the impact that people
from Benin made on the cultures of New World societies,
as well as the effects of mass
repatriation to Benin after the decline of the slave trade.
Finally, local religious tradition
is characterized through many current religious items and
photos from local ceremonies.
In addition to the museum's permanent collection, starting June 11, 2006 the museum will host “The Lost Communities of the Xwéda Kingdom ” exhibit. This exhibit will expand on the museum's permanent holdings through illustration of the life in the Xwédan countryside.