Originally Negro History Week during the second week of February, Black History Month has officially been celebrated in the US since 1976. Last year, I shared 10 Museums in the US Focused on African American History and it was well received on social media. This year, I’m sharing options for your next international trip. If you have interest in black history and culture, here are five international museums and tours to keep in mind.
Black Paris Tours – Paris, France
Before cancellingmy Paris trip, I wanted to do a day trip Black Paris Tours. Their mission is to “provide travelers with information, insight and little known facts about the wealth of Black history in Paris.” Nothing wrong with wanting to see the Eiffel Tower and learning more about Josephine Baker on the same trip.
Kurá Hulanda – Willemstad, Curaçao
Located on a former slave yard, visiting the Kurá Hulanda in Curaçao was an awesome experience. The mission of Kurá Hulanda is to “…exhibit collections related to the cultural identity of the people of Curacao, the Caribbean and the Atlantic Rim.” The museum showcases exhibits like “The Origin of Man”, “West African Empires”, and a beautiful sculpture garden. Learn more about the resort and museum at kurahulanda.com.
House of Slaves – Dakar, Senegal
A little bit of an emotional trip, the House of Slaves is a museum and memorial to the Atlantic slave trade on Gorée Island, off the coast of the city of Dakar, Senegal. Walk through the Door of No Return, a final exit point of Africans sold into slavery. Gorée Island Island is also a UNESCO World Heritage site.
International Slavery Museum – Liverpool, UK
The International Slavery Museum shares information on both historic and present day slavery. Topics include Africa before European slavery, the trade triangle and life on board slave ships. It aims to “address ignorance and misunderstanding by looking at the deep and permanent impact of slavery and the slave trade on Africa, South America, the USA, the Caribbean and Western Europe”
Afro-Cuban Religion Tour – Havana, Cuba
Since we’re going to Cuba in May, my cousin and I may go on an Afro-Cuban Religion tour. The tour is two hours, kid friendly and covers Afro-Cuban religions practiced in Cuba. After taking a Caribbean music class and learning basics, it’ll be good to get a perspective from Cuban locals.
What are some other international museums focused on black history? Share them below!