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House of Slaves & its Door of No Return

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The House of Slaves is a museum and memorial to the Atlantic slave trade on Gorée Island. The Door of No Return memorialises the final exit point of the slaves from Africa. Though the exact number of slaves who actually departed from here is debated, a visit is an important and solemn experience.
Gorée Island used to be an important centre for the transport of slaves headed to America. Today, it’s worth a visit for the impressive colonial architecture, even though much of it is in ruins. The House of Slaves museum and memorial are an important point of interest, too. The island is small enough to explore on foot, and visitors can enjoy a drink on the beach or shop for meaningful local art.

Useful Information

  • Address: Maison des Esclaves, Île de Gorée, Dakar
  • Opening hours: Tue–Sun 10:30am–noon / 3pm–6pm; Mon closed
  • Phone: +221 77 649 38 24
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